Interview with Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin
Everyone's favorite crocodile wrestler goes to the mat for animals
Many people think of Steve Irwin as that crazy Aussie who wrestles crocodiles on TV. He has produced dozens of wildlife documentaries for cable's Animal Planet. His growing fame has landed him a Federal Express commercial and a character on the cartoon series South Park. His wild-man persona even dominates the trailers for Eddie Murphy's upcoming Dr. Dolittle film sequel.
So is this guy just an entertainer with a brazen attitude around wild animals, or is he a committed wildlife conservationist? Scientific American writer Sarah Simpson went to Queensland, Australia, to ask the Crocodile Hunter himself.
Image: TIM LYONS
CLOSE ENCOUNTER. Steve Irwin's uncanny awareness of a crocodile's reach makes for some hair-raising feeding sessions. Irwin's daughter, Bindi, looks on.
Part 1: Method to His Madness?
Part 2: Protecting Wildlife in His Own Backyard
Part 3: Current and Upcoming Projects
Part 4: Adrenaline Junkie?
Part 5: Don't Try This at Home
Part 6: Is the Croc Hunter Ever Afraid?
Part 7: Saving Sacred Crocodiles in East Timor
Part 8: Coping with Habitat Destruction
Part 9: Fighting Sustainable Use
Part 10: Steve and His Crocodiles