Steve Irwin has accomplished a lot of great things for wildlife awareness and preservation in his life. Together with his wife, Terry Irwin, he created the edutainment series, “The Crocodile Hunter” and founded the “Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation.” He did pass away in 2006, however, too soon to have accomplished everything he wanted.
Still, his legacy lives on, and his wife Terry and their children Robert and Bindi recently accomplished another of his dreams and opened an Elephant Hospital in Indonesia.
“We just — just — finished one of his greatest goals, which was to open an elephant hospital in Indonesia.” Terri Irwin told Buzzfeed News, “In Sumatra, when Elephants step on a landmine or they get caught in a snare there was no hospital to treat them, and we now have just opened an elephant hospital, so it’s pretty special.”
Luke Reavley from the Australian Zoo, which Steve and Terri developed together, also commented. “Steve Dreamed of opening an elephant hospital after witnessing first-hand the issues they were facing in the wild.”
The Indonesian Elephant Hospital received funding from the Australian Zoo and several other organizations.
Steve’s daughter, Bindi, also commented on the momentous occasion. “I think for us as a family we always want to make sure that his legacy continues. Because Dad always said, ‘I don’t care if people remember me, I care if people remember my message.’”
The hospital has been staffed with many veterinary experts who are going to train the Indonesian staff on how to micro-chip and care for the elephants in their sanctuary.