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Naturalist Terri Irwin is well-known as the widow of wildlife expert Steve Irwin. The couple co-hosted the Animal Planet show The Crocodile Hunter.
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In her twenties, Terri Irwin opened a rehabilitation facilitate to release animals back into the wild. While visiting Australia, Terri met expert Steve Irwin. The two fell in love and married. They later starred in their own show, The Crocodile Hunter, and ran Australia Zoo. In 2006, Steve died from a stingray. Terri and her daughter host Planet's Best with Terri and Bindi.
Naturalist, conservationist and television show host Terri Raines was born on July 20, 1964, in Eugene, Oregon. Raines' family was in the trucking business, and her father often brought home injured animals that had been hit by his trucks. In her early twenties, Raines opened a rehabilitation facility called Cougar Country that re-educated and released animals such as foxes, raccoons and bobcats back into the wild. She also became a veterinary technician for a local emergency veterinary hospital.
In 1991, while visiting wildlife rehabilitation facilities in Australia, Terri met wildlife expert Steve Irwin. They married less than a year later and filmed their first television documentary while on their honeymoon. The couple settled in Australia, where Irwin owned the Australia Zoo, and soon starred in their own popular wildlife adventure series, The Crocodile Hunter. The show spotlighted Steve's talent for working with deadly creatures and led to two spinoffs, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries and Croc Files. In 2002, the Irwins released a feature film, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course.
On September 4, 2006, while filming an underwater documentary in Queensland, Steve Irwin died after sustaining chest and heart injuries from a short-tail stingray barb. Terri and their children, Bindi and Robert, were reportedly trekking in Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, at the time of the incident. She held a public memorial service for him at the Australia Zoo in Queensland on September 20.
Terri and her daughter currently host Planet's Best With Terri and Bindi on the Animal Planet network. Bindi, who shares her father's fearlessness and on-camera talent, also hosts Bindi: The Jungle Girl for Discovery Kids. Terri was made an honorary Member of the Order of Australia for services to wildlife conservation and the tourism industry in 2006.
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