Everyone knows Steve Irwin as the Crocodile Hunter, for his big heart and his loveable television personality, which was just as great on screen as it was in real life. Irwin tragically passed away in 2006 from a stingray injury, and was succeeded by his daughter Bindi, and his son, Robert. His wife Terri still continues to be active in the animal community and speak out for animal rights.
If he's anything like his parents, Robert Clarence Irwin is destined to be a pretty special kid. And he far surpasses his expectations. Having lived his life growing up around animals, it makes sense that Robert Irwin developed a passion for animal photography.
And his passion is developing into a profession. He won runner up in the 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition - quite the feat for a thirteen-year-old. In 2017, he was a finalist. Many of his photographs are shot on the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.
The reserve, SIWR, is a tribute to Steve Irwin set in Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula's wetlands. The area is home to many endangered animals, such as Cassowaries, Asian Elephants, Cheetahs, and more. "Our vision is that Australia Zoo will become the ultimate global zoological destination and in doing so, become world leaders in conservation, relating to both wildlife and their habitat," says their website.
Since he was born in 2003, Robert has never slowed down, travelling alongside his family in their adventures across the globe. Both Bindi and Robert received the "Biggest Greenies" award in 2009, which they dedicated to their father and the SIWR. They also appeared in the movie Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove.
Wildlife photography isn't the only thing that Robert is up to. He also co-hosted his own TV series called Wild But True, which shared his passion for wildlife conservation throughout the world. In 2016, his work on the show earned him an Emmy nomination in 2016.
If television and photography didn't keep him busy enough, Robert didn't stop there. He also co-wrote his own book series, called Robert Irwin: Dinosaur Hunter. He completed his own illustrations for the book.
One of Robert's most frequent and favorite places to shoot is the nature reserve dedicated to his father. It's no wonder, because the area contains diverse wildlife and endangered species. Robert currently resides in Australia.
Robert has traveled all across the world taking photos. He has gone from the African Savannahs to the mountains in New Zealand, to the European wilderness, all in pursuit of taking pictures and spreading the love of animal conservation. His beautiful pictures speak for themselves, showing his passion for nature.
One of Robert's most recent appearances was on the TonightShow Starring Jimmy Fallon. He brought some animals with him, including a sloth, baby black bears, and a baby kangaroo. He definitely seems to be following in his father's footsteps.
"This is so cool to see you like this," Jimmy Fallon said to Robert when they met on the show. "You're actually ... your dad!" Not only does he share many of the same interests as his dad, he also shares a resemblance to him.
The Australia Zoo website says that "the abundance of energy he brings to Australia Zoo is contagious!" It also says that he is a chip off the old block. One of his favorite places to be is the SIWR, photographing wildlife.
The website also describes how "he loves nothing more than catching lizards and skinks, learning about wildlife and the Australian bush, and hanging out with his much-loved sister, Bindi." He has a special love for alligators. This, too, seem to align with what his father was passionate about.
"Check out this beautiful Bynoe's gecko that I photographed at one of our conservation properties in central Queensland," he writes on his Instagram. "They are such gorgeous reptiles!" His love of wildlife not only shines through in pictures, but in his captions.
"Robert Irwin is a nature photographer and wildlife warrior who travels the world in search of incredible images of wildlife and wild places that have inspired many," describes his website. At the age of thirteen, Robert has already traveled to dozens of countries and won a prestigious amount of awards. Only time will tell the other amazing things he will achieve.