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20 Steve Irwin Quotes Every Animal Lover Should Know

Steve Irwin via Depositphotos.
Steve Irwin via Depositphotos.

Steve Irwin, affectionately known as the “Crocodile Hunter,” left an indelible mark on the world with his infectious enthusiasm for wildlife conservation. His passion for animals and the natural world continues to inspire many. Here are 20 quotes from Steve Irwin that every animal lover should know.

1. “Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.”

Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin and daughter Bindi at the premiere of MGM’s “The Crocdile Hunter: Collision Course” at the Arclight Cinerma Dome, Hollywood, 06-29-02. Steve Irwin via Depositphotos.

2. “I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.”

Crocodile head
Close up of a crocodiles head. Image via Marley Sexton, CC0, Via Wikimedia Commons

3. “If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Humans want to save things that they love.”

Saltwater crocodile.
Australia zoo, beerwah, South queensland, Australia. Image via Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

4. “The message is simple: love and conserve our wildlife.”

Nile crocodile resting on the river bank
Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) on the right bank of Kafue River, Kafue Nat’l Park, Zambia. Image via This Photo was taken by Timothy A. Gonsalves. Feel free to use my photos, but please mention me as the author. I would much appreciate if you send me an email or write on my talk page, for my information. Please contact me before commercial use.Please do not upload an edited image here without consulting me. I would like to make corrections only at my own source to ensure that the changes improve the image and are preserved.Otherwise you may upload an edited image with a new name. Please use one of the templates derivative or extract., CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

5. “I have no fear of losing my life – if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.”

Crocodile on land

6. “When I talk to the camera, mate, it’s not like I’m talking to the camera – I’m talking to you because I want to make you passionate about wildlife.”

Crocodile resting. Image Via Bernard Gagnon, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

7. “So fear helps me from making mistakes, but I make lot of mistakes.”

Nile crocodile swollowing fish.
Nile crocodile swollowing fish. Image by JohanSwanepoel via Depositphotos

8. “All animals need to be respected and loved, because we are all of God’s creatures.”

Chongqing crocodile crocodile pool center.
Chongqing crocodile crocodile pool center. Image by jingaiping via Depositphotos.

9. “We don’t own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife.”

Crocodile opens its mouth
Crocodile opens its mouth to release heat from its body. Image Via AngMoKio, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

10. “I get called an adrenaline junkie every other minute, and I’m just fine with that.”

Crocodile cooling
Crocodylus cooling down in the water. Image Via Tomas Castelazo, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

11. “The single most important thing that I am about is that we have to protect the environment.”

Crocodile feast
Crocodile having a feast. Image Via Arturo de Frias Marques, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

12. “I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that’s habitat destruction.”

Crocodile enjoying the water
Crocodile swallowing a fish.
Image via depositphotos.

13. “It never ceases to amaze me how cruel some people are to animals and how kind animals are to each other.”

American Crocodile
American Crocodile. By © Tomas Castelazo, / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0,

14. “My job, my mission, the reason I’ve been put onto this planet, is to save wildlife.”

American Crocodile
American Crocodile. By Tomás Castelazo – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5,

15. “Wildlife conservation is my job, my life, my whole being.”

16. “We must teach our children to respect and love nature.”

Close-up image of a crocodiles eye via PExels

17. “My belief is that what comes across on the television is a capture of my enthusiasm and my passion for wildlife.”

Crocodile Kruger National Park
Crocodile Kruger National Park. Tara Panton

18. “You know, I’m Australian, and we have got the worst sense of humor. We are cruel to each other.”

Image of a crocodile via Pexels

19. “I’m high energy; I’m always about going. That’s why I’m always in trouble.”

Crocodile along a river, showing it can be both on land and in water much like the stenokranio boldi. Image via Depositphotos

20. “Crikey means gee whiz, wow!”

Image by Marcel Zihlmann via Pixabay

Steve Irwin’s words remind us of the beauty, complexity, and importance of wildlife. His dedication to conservation and education continues to resonate, encouraging us all to take part in protecting our natural world.

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