Steve Irwin's wife Terri keeps an unusual keepsake to honor the memory of her late husband
QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA: Steve Irwin's wife Terri keeps an unusual tribute to him in her home. She owns a Pop! vinyl toy in his image 16 years after his death. The 58-year-old posted on Twitter late in December 2022, encouraging guests of the Crocodile Hunter Lodge to complete their stay by purchasing a toy figurine of Irwin.
"You can take the Crocodile Hunter to @CrocHunterLodge," Terri tweeted alongside three photos of the figurine placed inside a cabin on the bed, coffee table and kitchenette. Toymaker Funko produced Steve Irwin Pop dolls in 2019 depicting him clad in his trademark khaki with different animals in his hands. Australian Zoo's online store sells the figurines for $21.95 each, Daily Mail reported.
Famously known as the Crocodile Hunter, Irwin died on September 4, 2006, after being stung by a stingray while filming a wildlife documentary called 'Ocean's Deadliest' in Queensland. In spite of rumors of romances with Russell Crowe and others over the years, Terri has never dated or remarried since her husband's death.
Meanwhile, Irwin's memory has been kept alive at Australia Zoo thanks to his conservation work there. One of the family's most recent tributes to Irwin is the Crocodile Hunter Lodge, a luxury lodge within the zoo grounds. The website lists cabins that accommodate four for $949 per night and provides tourists with stylish accommodations amid the lovely gardens. There is also a restaurant, called Warrior, as a tribute to Irwin and his granddaughter, Grace.
Irwin's son Robert recently revealed on an Instagram video that some of the wood used in the construction of the lodge came from his father's original crocodile grandstands. "So, lot of the lodge is actually kind of in a way hand built by dad," Robert said in the clip. The three trees in front were also "originally planted by dad," he continued, adding that the place was Irwin's dream. Terri, who also made an appearance in the video, spoke about how her husband had always dreamed of allowing guests to have an immersive experience. "Steve always had a dream that someday not only could people visit Australia Zoo but to stay overnight. Have the immersive experience," she said, adding, "It was so important to us to make his dreams come true with beautiful luxury accommodation surrounded by the conservation work we are known for."
Terri and Irwin first met in 1991 at a reptile park where he worked as a zookeeper. In June 1992, they got married. The couple has two children together, Bindi, 23, and Robert, now 19. The couple were together for 14 years. In celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary, the Australian conservationist and zoo owner shared a photo of herself and Steve Irwin in 2022 with the caption, "I married this incredible bloke 30 years ago today. What an adventure! Love and legacy live on."
I married this incredible bloke 30 years ago today. What an adventure! Love and legacy live on. pic.twitter.com/FEHTYfh5Xf— Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) June 3, 2022