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
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