The Australia Zoo Family

Steve was born into wildlife, growing up on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, helping his parents at the ‘Beerwah Reptile Park’. Established in 1970, this two-acre wildlife park was home to native wildlife such as lace monitors, tiger snakes, freshwater crocodiles, magpie geese and kangaroos. Many of the kangaroos were cared for in homemade pouches by Steve’s mum, Lyn. She was an extraordinary wildlife rehabilitator and was quite skilled in nursing injured and orphaned animals and sending them back to the wild.

 

Steve demonstrated an uncanny gift with wildlife from a very young age. He would go on field trips with his family right through the seventies, helping to relocate problem crocodiles, studying snakes in Queensland’s deserts and assisted the university with bird surveys.

By the 1980s, the wildlife park had expanded to four acres, had two full-time staff and was re-branded as the ‘Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park’. At this stage, Steve was enlisted by the Queensland Government to help with crocodiles, by volunteering for the East-Coast Crocodile Management Program and he captured well over 100 crocodiles, which were either relocated or housed within the family’s park.

 

In 1991, Steve took over the management of the small wildlife park and, soon after, he met Terri Raines, from Eugene, Oregon, when she visited the park. It was love at first sight.

 

Terri worked in the family construction business from 1979 until she took over the running of the company in 1984. In 1986, Terri started a wildlife rehabilitation facility called ‘Cougar Country’, specialising in predatory mammals. This work was influenced by Terri’s dad, Clarence, who would bring home wildlife he found injured on Oregon’s highways. Terri developed her animal care skills further by starting work in 1989 as a veterinary technician at an emergency veterinary hospital.

As filming generated extra funds, Steve and Terri had agreed to put all money raised from filming and merchandise back into conservation. From its humble beginnings as an avocado packing shed, they established the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. In 2004, Steve dedicated the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to his mum, after her tragic passing 2000. This world-class facility continues to rescue, rehabilitate and release over 7000 native Australian animals every year.

Opening Hours

09:00-17:00

Location

1638 Steve Irwin Way,Beerwah QLD 4519

Australia Zoo

The Australia Zoo Family

Steve was born into wildlife, growing up on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, helping his parents at the ‘Beerwah Reptile Park’. Established in 1970, this two-acre wildlife park was home to native wildlife such as lace monitors, tiger snakes, freshwater crocodiles, magpie geese and kangaroos. Many of the kangaroos were cared for in homemade pouches by Steve’s mum, Lyn. She was an extraordinary wildlife rehabilitator and was quite skilled in nursing injured and orphaned animals and sending them back to the wild.

 

Steve demonstrated an uncanny gift with wildlife from a very young age. He would go on field trips with his family right through the seventies, helping to relocate problem crocodiles, studying snakes in Queensland’s deserts and assisted the university with bird surveys.

By the 1980s, the wildlife park had expanded to four acres, had two full-time staff and was re-branded as the ‘Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park’. At this stage, Steve was enlisted by the Queensland Government to help with crocodiles, by volunteering for the East-Coast Crocodile Management Program and he captured well over 100 crocodiles, which were either relocated or housed within the family’s park.

 

In 1991, Steve took over the management of the small wildlife park and, soon after, he met Terri Raines, from Eugene, Oregon, when she visited the park. It was love at first sight.

 

Terri worked in the family construction business from 1979 until she took over the running of the company in 1984. In 1986, Terri started a wildlife rehabilitation facility called ‘Cougar Country’, specialising in predatory mammals. This work was influenced by Terri’s dad, Clarence, who would bring home wildlife he found injured on Oregon’s highways. Terri developed her animal care skills further by starting work in 1989 as a veterinary technician at an emergency veterinary hospital.

As filming generated extra funds, Steve and Terri had agreed to put all money raised from filming and merchandise back into conservation. From its humble beginnings as an avocado packing shed, they established the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. In 2004, Steve dedicated the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to his mum, after her tragic passing 2000. This world-class facility continues to rescue, rehabilitate and release over 7000 native Australian animals every year.

Opening Hours

09:00-17:00

Location

1638 Steve Irwin Way,Beerwah QLD 4519

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