TODAY marks nine years since the Sunshine Coast - based Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, passed away.
Mr Irwin was fatally pierced in the chest by a stingray while shooting underwater scenes for a nature documentary on the Great Barrier Reef on September 4, 2006.
Since his parents opened the Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park in 1970 (now Australia Zoo) Mr Irwin cared for wildlife and helped maintain the grounds before he took over as manager in 1991.
He met Terri Rains, a visiting tourist, in 1991 and the pair married the next year . Instead of a honeymoon, the couple filmed a wildlife documentary, which developed into the Crocodile Hunter TV series.
Join the Daily in celebrating memories of this local champion, whose widow Terri and children Bindi and Robert continue as ambassadors for the environment and for our beautiful part of the world.
Australia Zoo continues as a national icon, attracting visitors to the Sunshine Coast all year round.
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