the Legacy continues…………………….
Gregory R. Mann, Ph.D. {ret.}

Photos & Quotes



“Push it to the Limit”


“Bitten by a Croc”


Steve Irwin’s 2003 interview with Andrew Denton of Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Enough Rope”


Steve Irwin’s 2004 interview with Kathy Lee & Regis


How Steve wanted to be remembered interview



Steve Irwin quotes

“I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.”

“I have no fear of losing my life. If I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake mate, I will save it.”

“I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing and that’s habitat destruction.”

“Crikey means gee whiz, wow!”

“I’m a proud Australian, a very, very proud Australian.”

“You know, you can touch a stick of dynamite, but if you touch a venomous snake it’ll turn around and bite you and kill you so fast it’s not even funny.”

“Since I was a boy from this house, I was out rescuing crocodiles and snakes. My mum and dad were very passionate about that and I was lucky enough to go along.”

“Every cent we earn from the Crocodile Hunter programs, goes straight back into conservation. Every single cent.”

“So fear helps me from making mistakes, but I make a lot of mistakes.”

“I get called an adrenaline junkie every other minute and I’m just fine with that.”

Waltzing Matilda With Steve Irwin

“Where I live if someone gives you a hug, it’s from the heart.”

“Yeah I’m a thrill seeker but crikey, education’s the most important thing.”

“I think my path would have always gone back to or delivered me to wildlife. I think wildlife is just like a magnet and it’s something that I can’t help.” 

“If something ever happens to me, people are gonna be like ‘we knew a croc would get him!'”

“Because when they strike it can be that quick that if they’re within range, you’re dead, you’re dead in your tracks. And his head weighs more than my body so it’s WHACK!”

“Born a wildlife warrior, die a wildlife warrior.” 

“Crikey, mate. You’re far safer dealing with crocodiles and western diamondback rattlesnakes than the executives and the producers and all those sharks in the big MGM building.”

“I am optimistic globally. So many scientists are working frantically on the reparation of our planet.”

“I bled a lot. I got hit across the face. We couldn’t film for seven days. I got hit, whacked, underwater, across the face. I finished the shot, got into the boat and blood started coming out.”

“I mean, these are all just little pink bits here (pointing at his arm) and are just curing up now. I’ve been recently filming a nine-and-a-half-foot female crocodile I had to catch. Oh man, she bit me up! That was a mistake.”

“I’ve probably saved thousands of peoples’ lives with my educational message on snake bites, how to get in around venomous anything.”

“My belief is that what comes across on the television is a capture of my enthusiasm and my passion for wildlife.”

“My field is with apex predators, hence your crocodiles, your snakes, your spiders.”

“See, I’ve always seen Jacques Cousteau as a hero, mate. He’s a legend – like my dad, just a legend. And so what he did for conservation in the 60’s through the 70’s was just phenomenal.”

“Sharks, I’ve been self-trained as well and crocodiles, naturally. I’ve been catching them since I was nine. No problem.”

“Snakes are just very instinctive to me. I’ve been playing with snakes since before I could walk. It doesn’t matter where or what it is, from the biggest to the most venomous.”

“So now what happens is the cameras follow me around and capture exactly what I’ve been doing since I was a boy. Only now we have a team of, you know, like 73 of us and it’s gone beyond that.”

“So, my tactic with conservation of apex predators is to get people excited and take them to where they live.”

“The first crocodile I ever caught was at nine years of age and it was a rescue.”

“There’s a lot of research behind the scenes that you don’t get to see, but I have an instinct that my dad nurtured from when I was born. I was very lucky then.”

“When I talk to the camera mate, it’s not like I’m talking to the camera. I’m talking to you because I want to whip you around and plunk you right there with me.”

“You know, I’m Australian and we have got the worst sense of humor. We are cruel to each other.”

“I’m very embarrassing to look at. You know why? Here’s why I’m embarrassing: ’cause there’s a little bit of me in everybody….I’m like the boy that never grew up. I’m very, very passionate about what I do. I mean, I love what I do….and people are like, “God, give this guy a Valium or something, you know? Can’t he have a bad day?” 

“I’ve got the Terri factor, mate. I’ve got this wife that is so incredibly intelligent and strong that I reckon between us, we’ll get through it.” 

“I have a message for my fans. Whatever you want to do in this world, it is achievable. The most important thing that I’ve found that perhaps you could use, is be passionate and enthusiastic in the direction that you choose in life and you’ll be a winner.” 

“My dad taught me from my youngest childhood memories through these connections with Aboriginal and tribal people that you must always protect people’s sacred status, regardless of the pest.”

“No, snakes are no problem. I’d go to any country anywhere, any snakes not a problem.”

“Yeah for some reason parrots have to bite me. That’s their job. I don’t know why that is. They’ve nearly torn my nose off. I’ve had some really bad parrot bites.”

“I believe sustainable use is the greatest propaganda in wildlife conservation at the moment.”

“I sincerely believe that there’s room for cutting down trees for forestry and grazing, so as we all get to eat. Everyone has to compromise.”

“Take the crocodile for example, my favorite animal. There are 23 species. Seventeen of those species are rare or endangered. They’re on the way out, no matter what anyone does or says, you know.”

“My belief is that what comes across on the television is a capture of my enthusiasm and my passion for wildlife.”

“No matter where you go and what you do in America, you turn the tele on and you’re confronted with violence.”

“Herein lies our problem. If we level that much land to grow rice and whatever, then no other animal could live there except for some insect pest species. Which is very unfortunate.”

“That might have a lot to do with it but you know, I probably don’t show fear, but I suffer from fear like everyone else.

“The only animals I’m not comfortable with are parrots, but I’m learning as I go. I’m getting better and better at ’em. I really am.”

“Yeah, I think it’s an absolute disaster that Australia, the government, allowed kangaroo culling.”

“We’ve evolved from sitting back on our tripods and shooting wildlife films like they have been shot historically, which doesn’t work for us.”

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