Everything you need to know about Steve Irwin's son, Robert Irwin

Clare Rigden
Columnist
Here's everything you need to know about Robert Irwin. Photo: Getty Images

He’s the spitting image of his famous dad Steve Irwin – and just as passionate about wildlife conservation.

Who is Robert Irwin

Robert “Bob” Irwin was born 1 December 2003, to famous environmentalist parents, Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin and his wife, Terri.

Named after his grandfather Bob, also a known Australian naturalist and conservationist, Robert, as he now calls himself, is following in his famous father’s footsteps, raising awareness internationally about the importance of wildlife conservation – clad in his trademark Khakis!

“Even in my early years, my dad certainly shaped the person I am today,” he recently told his social media followers.

Robert Irwin has always been the spitting image of his dad, Steve Irwin. Here they are pictured together in June 2005 in Australia Zoo. Photo: Getty Images

Though only 16, Robert, who was homeschooled at his family’s home base at Australia Zoo in Queensland, is already internationally known, thanks to his appearances on the hugely successful Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and his role on the family’s reality series, Crikey! It’s the Irwins.

A budding photographer, he regularly shares photos of wildlife – in particular, birds – with his 1.6 million Instagram followers. Along with his sister Bindi Irwin, the pair have in excess of 4.6 million followers.

Robert was only two years old when his father tragically passed away, killed when a stingray barb pierced his heart while filming episodes of his television series.

The spitting image of his dad Steve – right down to the blonde hair and Steve’s trademark Khakis – Robert is determined to carry on his father’s legacy and has become one of the world’s leading youth voices for environmental and conservation causes.

Bob, pictured here with his sister, Bindi and his mum, Terri, was homeschooled at his family’s home base at Australia Zoo in Queensland. Photo: Getty Images

How did Robert Irwin become famous?

Not many people can say they became famous at just one month old – but that’s exactly what happened to Robert, who was officially introduced to the public during a crocodile show at Australia Zoo in January in 2004.

Steve Irwin famously carried his infant son with him while hand-feeding a chicken to a 3.8m saltwater crocodile. The incident was roundly criticised and led to the Queensland government changing its crocodile-handling laws to ban children and untrained adults from entering crocodile enclosures.

Steve Irwin officially introduced his new son, Robert Irwin, to the public during a crocodile show at Australia Zoo in January in 2004. Photo: Getty Images

Like his sister, Bindi, Robert scored his TV debut when he was just nine years old, appearing with his Mum and sister on Steve Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors on Animal Planet, a role which earned him a TV Week Logie nomination for Best New Talent in 2013.

In 2015 he co-hosted Wild But True on Discovery Kids, the show nominated for an International Emmy.

He’s now best known for his regular segments on The Tonight Show in the States and for his role on Crikey! It’s the Irwins.

Who is Robert Irwin’s dad?

It’s hard to overestimate just how big a star Robert’s father Steve “The Crocodie Hunter” Irwin was. Not only were his TV shows, which he co-hosted with wife Terri, watched by millions around the world, he was a tireless campaigner and conservationist, able to reach a huge global audience through his TV work and through Australia Zoo.

A true expert in Australian animals (in particular, crocodiles – his father Bob taught him all about the species from a young age, and he “wrestled” his first croc at just nine), in 1997, while on a fishing trip his Dad, Steve discovered a new species of turtle.

Robert has carried on his dad, Steve Irwin's legacy as a tireless campaigner and conservationist. Photo: Getty Images

Steve always insisted he could spread his conservation message more effectively through enthusiasm rather than preaching, his love-of-life and awe at the beauty of the natural world a genuine pathway for others to engage in his passion – a trait he passed to Robert.

His enthusiastic catch-cry “Crikey!” became synonymous with the TV presenter, who was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018 – Bindi, Terri and Robert were there for the official ceremony.

Where does Robert Irwin live?

Robert travels the world with his mum Terri, sister Bindi, and Bindi’s fiancé, Chandler Powell, but when not on the road he lives at the family’s home base at Australia Zoo in Queensland, which his mother took over after Steve’s death in 2006. The Zoo is at the forefront of conservation efforts and has its own hospital, which has treated 8,000 native animals before returning them to the wild.

Like his father, Robert Irwin regularly takes part in the zoo’s crocodile shows, “wrestling” crocodiles, and from a young age, Robert has been around the reptiles. Visitors to the zoo regularly see the young Steve lookalike working alongside the other keepers, hand-feeding the animals and doing public talks – sometimes with his cute pug Stella in tow.

Robert now travels the world with his mum Terri, sister Bindi, and Bindi’s fiancé, Chandler Powell. Photo: Getty Images

Is Robert Irwin single?

As far as we know. The guy is only 16. Having said that, his sister Bindi met her now-fiancé, Chandler Powell, around the same age (Robert will walk her down the aisle when she gets married, which is believed to be some time next year).

One recent gossip magazine story had him paired with not one but TWO young starlets. According to Woman’s Day, Robert was seen cosying up to young Glee actress Emmy Perry at the annual Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in Los Angeles back in May – he’s also been linked to Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown (she visited Australia Zoo earlier this year).

Robert Irwin was linked to young Glee actress Emmy Perry at the annual Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in Los Angeles back in May. Photo: Getty Images

For the time being, the family are staying tight-lipped, though Mum Terri did recently say, "Robert is 15 now, he's growing up, he's the next generation Crocodile Hunter...definitely the girls are noticing him!"

Watch this space.

Where does Robert Irwin go to school?

He doesn’t. Robert recently graduated high school – two years early. Yep, Robert is something of a clever clogs, graduating aged just 15, three years ahead of schedule.

He was homeschooled at his family’s base at Australia Zoo – where he also lives –and celebrated this recent milestone by tweeting this message to fans: “Over a decade of study – in planes, trains and thousands of hotel rooms in all corners of the world, and today I’ve graduated from high school. Grade 12 and 2 TAFE certificates done!”

His mum and sister Bindi were quick to congratulate him on the epic achievement.

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