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Publisher's Summary

Bob Irwin's extraordinary life as a wildlife pioneer, father to wildlife warrior Steve and founder of Australia Zoo, told in his own words.

Bob Irwin grew up in the Dandenong Ranges, where his passion for wildlife was born. A near-death experience while working as a plumber made Bob realise he needed to follow his dreams, so he and his wife, Lyn, moved their young family to Queensland, where they opened a wildlife park on the Sunshine Coast. The Irwin children grew up in and around the Beerwah Reptile and Wildlife Park, learned about the animals there from their dad and cared for orphaned wildlife at home with their mum. Passion for the environment and all animals became a way of life for them.

This unique upbringing had a profound impact on Bob's son Steve, who followed in his father's footsteps and became famous around the world as the Crocodile Hunter, an educator and wildlife warrior. Bob nearly didn't survive the sudden death of his adored wife, Lyn, and it was Steve who helped him face life again. When the world tragically lost Steve to a freak diving accident, it wasn't just the animals that lost the best friend they ever had. Bob did too. Describing it as moving forward without a map, Bob spent many years burying himself in physical work as a means to cope with the loss of his son. It was the natural world and the animals within it that helped Bob to keep going, and since then he has continued to fight for his beloved Steve's legacy of protecting the wildlife, environment and planet on which our own survival depends.

Entertaining, moving, impassioned and inspiring, The Last Crocodile Hunter shows the heart and soul of a great Australian character, father and wildlife campaigner.

©2016 Robert E. Irwin and Amanda French (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Heartfelt

What a beautiful story of the life of a Dad and his son. I’m so grateful to have been educated and inspired by Steve to protect our planets wildlife. Thanks Bob I love your stories of your adventures, hardships and intense grieving.

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Bob is a legend and a hero!

This was the best book I have ever read. Truely inspiring, Bob and Steve are true heros! Absolutely inspiring, everyone should read this!

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I absolutely loved this book

I absolutely love this book listen to it non-stop I loved hearing about the history of the beginning of Australia Zoo how Bob and Steve's relationship was. I also love the message you sent to young people for us to care about wildlife.

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An insight into the Irwins

An interesting book but tends to waffle on a bit.
Also, you have to listen closely to the start of each chapter to hear who is telling their story about Bob or Steve Irwin. Many times I was confused by the narrative until I worked out who was telling the story. Perhaps a book better read.
Overall though I would recommend it. You will laugh, you will cry, you will learn things about wildlife and the Irwins.

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What a wonderful man

Steve would be so proud of this book.
Try breaks my heart that you are teaching your grand kids the true meaning of life.
And that they are missing out on all your informational information.
Must read loved loved loved

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loved it and found it really motivating and engaging. gives me a different attitude to a lot of things in life

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  • 12-03-2019

A quiet achiever

We all know of Steve and his passion, personality and showmanship that brought wildlife conservation to the forefront of people’s minds all across the world, but many wouldn’t know of all that his dad, Bob, has also done. He’s the quiet influence behind the scenes who has probably done just as much in his own way out of the spotlight.

This collection of stories will give you an insight into both of their lives, where it all began, how Bob passed his knowledge and wisdom on to all around him and also take you on the journey through the raw emotion of the sad times.

I’m very grateful to Bob for writing this book and it was an absolute pleasure to listen to.

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  • Tracey
  • 11-05-2018

croc this

This book is a well read story giving insight into the Irwin family a look at how steve Irwin become the animal saviour that he was a very good book

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