On September 4, 2006, television host Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray while filming a documentary about Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Irwin, better known as the “Crocodile Hunter,” was famous for getting very close to dangerous wildlife in its natural habitat. Irwin starred in nature documentaries and expanded his parents' wildlife park, now named Australia Zoo. Irwin was a passionate environmentalist who sought to integrate conservation values with sustainable development and ecotourism.

Noun

management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

documentary
Noun

non-fiction film.

environmentalist
Noun

person who studies or works to protect the Earth's ecosystems.

expand
Verb

to grow or get larger.

Great Barrier Reef
Noun

large coral reef off the northeast coast of Australia.

Noun

environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

integrate
Verb

to combine, unite, or bring together.

sustainable development
Noun

human construction, growth, and consumption that can be maintained with minimal damage to the natural environment.

wildlife
Noun

organisms living in a natural environment.