Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Crocodile Hunter Family Returns to Animal Planet in New TV Show

Crocodile Hunter Family Returns to Animal Planet in New TV Show

Eleven years after the tragic death of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, his wildlife-loving family have signed a deal that will see them return to US TV channel Animal Planet.

"We're so excited to be returning to Animal Planet and our wonderful Discovery Communications family", Robert said in a video the family recorded and posted on Instagram.

Discovery Communications President and CEO David Zaslav confirmed yesterday the Irwins would be producing a number of new "action-oriented" shows, in addition to being appointed global ambassadors for the company. Animal Planet was the original home of The Crocodile Hunter from 1996 to 2006, when Steve tragically died after his heart was pierced by a stingray's barb while he was filming.

"Steve Irwin was a champion for all wildlife and he and Terri's excitement and enthusiasm brought viewers from around the world in touch with nature", the statement read. "Their passion for animals, love for their family, and leadership in conservation awareness left a strong legacy that continues today".

"It all started in 1996 with The Crocodile Hunter, and now, the Irwin family is back", Terri added in the video.

"It seemed like a really good time, since we do so many things together as a family", Terri Irwin told Associated Press. "We have wonderful new adventures coming to your television screen". Fans weren't exactly sure what to make of Irwin upon initial viewings; some thought that he was a straight up wild man with a screw loose, but it became quickly evident to just about everybody that Steve Irwin flat out loved animals. She actively speaks out and supports conservation issues, including the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, a 135,000-hectare property in Cape York dedicated to Steve.

Terri has continued her late husband's work.

Bindi, now 19, won a Dancing With the Starscompetition in 2015 and Robert, who is 14, has appeared on the Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon displaying animals. Additionally, the Irwin family continues the important work of Steve Irwin, through research, educational programs, conservation projects, and much more.

The family shared the exciting news on social media.

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