The Irwin Family is not only super-cool, but they are true heroes in our eyes.
How many people do you know would commit 100% of their lives to such a wonderful cause like conservation? Not only do they run one of the most beautiful zoos in the world; they are also committed to their massive wildlife hospital. They receive nearly 100 wildlife emergency calls every single day and treat approximately 6,000 animals per year. Did you know the cost of running such facility is a whooping 2.5 million dollars! Through their wonderful work and some kind people’s donations, they manage to somehow come up with that much money every year to help these animals! Isn’t that great?! And if that wasn’t enough, they also currently run a number of programs in research and conservation including Marine Conservation, Crocodile Research, Tasmanian Devils, Sumatran Tigers, Cheetahs, Cambodian Elephants, Black Rhinoceros and Orangutans. Phew! That’s a lot of work! What we admire about them most, however is that between running all of these projects, filming movies and writing books – they still find time for each other. Their number one priority is always their family and this is why we think they are the most Awesome Family in Australia! In our recent visit to the zoo, we caught up with them and exchanged some great ideas about distance education and having fun on vacations. Here is what Bindi told us:
What are you favorite out-of-the box things to do as a family? Monopoly! …I’m kidding! We love visiting Winton, Queensland and going dinosaur fossil hunting. It’s so much fun to look for dinosaur fossils and it’s the one time Robert will stay still because he loves dinosaurs so very much! What are you favorite holiday places in Australia? We have two favorite holiday spots in Australia. We love visiting Tasmania! Cradle Mountain is a beautiful place to hike and re-connect with nature. The second, and my personal favorite, is the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Cape York, Queensland. The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve is an untouched paradise home to unique plants and animals, each year the Australia Zoo team leads an expedition with the University of Queensland to research Saltwater Crocodiles in order to protect them and the people living alongside them. What are your favorite holiday/fun places in the world? I have always loved France! The amazing food, culture and landscape all make for a magical holiday. What’s the best thing about distance education? The best thing about distance education is that Robert and I are able to travel the world to spread our message of wildlife and conservation and still have access to our school work. What’s your favorite educational activity? I love nothing more than to read, I find a quiet spot and sit up against a tree whilst I delve into another world. Reading outdoors has always made reading come to life and it is a great way to spend some time outside. What’s the best thing about ‘living’ in a zoo? Living in a zoo is unreal! Each morning we awake to the sounds of tigers, birds and lemurs. My favourite part of living at the zoo though, is being able to visit the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and helping take care of the sick and injured wildlife before it is released back into the wild. What’s the best thing about living in Australia? Australia is famous for its wildlife and wild places, from snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef to trekking around Uluru and hiking in the Daintree Rainforest. Australia is the perfect place to live and constantly be in touch with the natural world around us. Thank you Terri, Bindi and Robert for being so AWESOME! One of the highlights of our visit to the zoo was being involved in the “Zookeeper for a Day” program.