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.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry conservation Noun
management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.
Encyclopedic Entry: conservation documentary Noun
person who studies or works to protect the Earth's ecosystems.
to grow or get larger.
Great Barrier Reef Noun
large coral reef off the northeast coast of Australia.
environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.
Encyclopedic Entry: habitat 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.
organisms living in a natural environment.