Steve Irwin’s legacy is being honored by his family during the tough time for Australia as it battles the Australian bush fires that have all but destroyed the continent in recent months.
Terri and Robert Irwin, the widow and son of the late zookeeper and television personality, have been hard at work in recent months helping rescue the hundreds of thousands of animals that were injured as a result of the bush fires.
The two appeared on Anderson Cooper’s Full Circle on CNN to describe the work they’ve been doing to help save the animals stranded and hurt in the fires. Right now the Irwin family owns and operates the Australia Zoo, as well as its corresponding animal hospital. The hospital has helped aid and save as many as 90,000 animals, a number that has seen a significant rise in recent months with the tragic Australian bush fires that have raged throughout the continent since July.
Koalas, an animal native to Australia, have taken the brunt of the bush fires due to their instinct to flee to the tops of trees. In Australia, native koala bears prefer Eucalyptus trees, a plant rich in natural oils that also makes them highly flammable.
Tens of thousands of koala bears have been killed in the bush fires, with potentially thousands dying in each individual fire. It is estimated that nearly a half billion animals have been killed in the bush fires within the last year.
While the world has come together in recent weeks to donate money and resources to help relief efforts around Australia, scientists fear that the damage has been irreversible and detrimental to many of the already endangered species that call Australia their homes.
But the Irwin family is determined to help as many animals as they can. The family of the late-Steve Irwin is speaking up against climate change to help bring awareness to the issues that are impacting ecosystems around the world.
“I wanted to share with you some of the sweet faces that are getting a second chance at life,” wrote Bindi Irwin on Instagram in the caption of a photo of two bats that were rescued from the flames. The family urges patrons interested in helping to visit the Wildlife Warriors website, an organization founded by Steve and Terri Irwin to help protect wildlife around the world.