Crikey! Croc Hunter Honored With Reserve

Aussies buy $6M land to pay tribute to Irwin's conservation legacy
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2007 7:14 AM CDT
Crikey! Croc Hunter Honored With Reserve
In this photo released by Discovery Kids, Bindi Erwin, the 8-year-old daughter of the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, poses with three elephants on the set of her new show "Bindi   (Associated Press)

The late croc hunter Steve Irwin will be remembered with a new wildlife reserve in the Australian Outback established in his honor, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The 135,000 hectares filled with endangered animals and dotted by fragile ecosystems, purchased by the government for $6 million, will be managed by Irwin's family.

The charismatic environmentalist was killed by a stingray barb last year, but his wife, Terri,  has worked tirelessly since then to realize his dream of a Queensland reserve. "He would have been proud," she said. A research center will set up camp there to help protect such endangered species as the speartooth shark and the area's dry vine forests. (More wildlife stories.)

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