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Wildlife Warriors
Founded 2002
Founder Steve Irwin
Type International not-for-profit organization
Focus Conservation
Location
Area served
Australia World Wide
Method Sponsorship and Donations
Key people
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin
Website Wildlife Warriors

Wildlife Warriors, originally called the Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation, is a conservationist organisation that was established in 2002 by Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri Irwin, to involve and educate others in the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife. Terri Irwin is still involved in the organisation as patron and significant advisor.

Objectives

  • To protect and enhance the natural environment
  • To provide information and education to the public and raise awareness of wildlife issues
  • To undertake biological research
  • To research, recommend and act in the protection of threatened or endangered species.
  • To enter into cooperative arrangements with like-minded organisations

Projects

  • The Australian Wildlife Hospital & Wildlife Rescue Unit, Australia
  • Elephant conservation, Asia
  • Tiger conservation, Sumatra
  • Rhino conservation, South Africa
  • Cheetah conservation, South Africa
  • Grey nurse shark research & conservation, Australia
  • Whale research, United States
  • Community Education (international)
  • Koala research, QLD, Australia
  • Crocodile research, Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, QLD, Australia

The logo represents the pugmarks of five endangered animals:

They surround a human footprint.

After Steve Irwin's death

After the death of Steve Irwin on 4 September 2006, thousands of people from around the world offered their support and donations to the conservation group. On 14 October 2006, Wildlife Warriors executive manager Michael Hornby reported that donations to the fund in the past month had reached $2 million – enough to fund its animal hospital and international programs for six to nine months. The conservationist's one-hour public memorial service, which aired worldwide from Australia Zoo in September, has also been made into a DVD which was released across Australia on 14 October, all proceeds of which are to be used to fund the future of the charity.

Irwin's daughter Bindi Irwin, then nine years old, became the new public face of Wildlife Warriors after his death.

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