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Irwin in October 2011
Robert Clarence Irwin

(2003-12-01) 1 December 2003 (age 18)
Buderim, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Citizenship Dual Australian and American
Occupation Children's television personality, photographer
Years active 2004–present

Robert Clarence Irwin (born 1 December 2003) is an Australian children's television personality and wildlife photographer. He hosts Robert's Real Life Adventures, a program on his family zoo's internal TV network. He co-hosted the Discovery Kids Channel TV series Wild But True and co-created the book series Robert Irwin: Dinosaur Hunter, and currently stars on the Animal Planet series Crikey! It's the Irwins with his mother, Terri, and sister, Bindi. He is the son of Steve Irwin.

Early life

Robert Irwin was born on 1 December 2003, the younger of two children and the only son of Steve and Terri Irwin. His father died from a stingray injury to the heart while filming an underwater documentary when Robert was two years old. Robert is the grandson of naturalist and animal conservationist Bob Irwin. Robert and his older sister, Bindi, were homeschooled at Australia Zoo. He is a dual citizen of Australia (through his father and birth) and the United States (through his mother). His ancestry is English and abundance of Irish on his father's side.

During a public show on 2 January 2004 when Robert was one month old, Robert's father carried him in his arm while hand-feeding a chicken carcass to a 3.8-metre (12 ft 6 in) saltwater crocodile. Robert was close to the crocodile and the incident sparked comparisons in the press to Michael Jackson's dangling of his son, Prince Michael Jackson II, outside a German hotel window. The incident prompted the Queensland government to change its crocodile-handling laws, banning children and untrained adults from entering crocodile enclosures.


In 2009, Irwin had a cameo appearance in Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove. In 2012, Irwin appeared alongside his mother and sister in a TV series entitled Steve Irwin's Wildlife Warriors, which earned him a 2013 Logie Award nomination for Most Popular New Male Talent. In 2014 and 2015, Irwin co-hosted a TV series named Wild But True on Discovery Kids Channel. The show was later nominated for an International Emmy Kids Award in the factual category in 2016.

In 2013, Irwin released a series of books, titled Dinosaur Hunter, which he co-authored with Lachlan Creag and Jack Wells.

In 2015, he appeared as a guest on the British wildlife series Ten Deadliest Snakes in the episode focused on Australia's venomous snakes. He guided presenter Nigel Marven in the billabong of Australia Zoo to look for a red-bellied black snake.

Irwin was runner-up in the junior category of the 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition. Irwin is also a photography contributor to the Australia Zoo Crikey magazine. He uses his love for photography to help raise awareness about wildlife conservation, he has also raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Irwins' non-profit organization Wildlife Warriors by auctioning canvas prints of his work at events around the world. He has also met with world leaders such as His Royal Highness Prince Charles to discuss the protection of natural habitat.

On 16 February 2017, Irwin made his late-night television debut when he appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He presented an African dwarf crocodile, a screaming armadillo, a red-tailed boa, and a sloth to the host, Jimmy Fallon. Irwin subsequently went back to appear on The Tonight Show on multiple occasions, showcasing a different selection of animals each time. As of April 2019, Irwin has appeared on the show eleven times.

Irwin is also an avid photographer and is also the leading photography contributor to the Australia Zoo Crikey magazine. He has also embarked upon many photography expeditions around the globe from the savannah of Africa to the mountains of New Zealand, the wilderness of Europe and everywhere in between.

Robert Irwin's appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Date Animals
16 February 2017 African dwarf crocodile, screaming armadillo, red-tailed boa, sloth
20 April 2017 Scorpion, two baby black bears, two legless lizards, binturong, green aracari toucan
7 June 2017 Baby North American badger, 100-year-old alligator snapping turtle and a baby one, baby red kangaroo (joey), three baby warthogs
23 November 2017 Tamandua anteater, two leopard cubs, prehensile-tailed porcupine, albino Burmese python
25 January 2018 Beaver, tarantula, baby muntjac, hyacinth macaw
2 May 2018 Six African pygmy goats, kookaburra, capybara, American alligator
19 September 2018 Baby ostrich, two kingsnakes, tarantula, lanner falcon (with Kevin Hart)
22 November 2018 Two baby Asian small-clawed otters, two baby African crested porcupines, aardvark, baby zebra
23 January 2019 Sugar glider, peppered cockroaches, three baby servals, dromedary camel
25 February 2019 Asian water monitor, owl, American Shorthair
30 April 2019 Giant African millipede, miniature horse, mandrill

On 6 April 2017, Robert Irwin was invested as a member and ambassador of Scouts Australia, formalizing a partnership between the organization and Australia Zoo. The aim of the partnership is to encourage Australia's young people to become involved with wilderness and conservation.

On Australia Zoo TV, Irwin appears on his own channel.



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove The Pirate Boy
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Kyle the Seagull (voice) Australian version


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Bindi the Jungle Girl Himself Guest; 1 episode
2011 Kate Plus 8 Himself Guest; Episode: "Australia Zoo Visit"
2014 Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures Foreign Exchange Student from Australia Special guest; Episodes: Dino Pals/Dino Mommas
2015 Ten Deadliest Snakes Himself Guest; Episode: "Australia"
2018–present Crikey! It's the Irwins Himself Series regular
2020 Bluey Alfie (voice) Episode: "The Quiet Game"
2020 Earth to Ned Himself Guest; Episode "A Ned's Best Friend"
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