74+ Best Steve Irwin Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Stephen Robert Irwin, nicknamed “The Crocodile Hunter”, was an Australian zookeeper, television personality, wildlife expert, environmentalist and conservationist. Profoundly inspirational Steve Irwin quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Steve Irwin Quotes

There’s a lot of research behind the scenes that you don’t get to see, but I have an instinct that my dad nurtured from when I was born. I was very lucky then. – Steve Irwin

I believe sustainable use is the greatest propaganda in wildlife conservation at the moment. – Steve Irwin

Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first. – Steve Irwin

We don’t own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife. – Steve Irwin

Every cent we earn from Crocodile Hunter goes straight back into conservation. Every single cent. – Steve Irwin

Snakes are just very instinctive to me. I’ve been playing with snakes since before I could walk. It doesn’t matter where or what it is, from the biggest to the most venomous. – Steve Irwin

What television has done is it’s given me a stepping stone to get to some other countries and really wild destinations throughout this world, which perhaps I would have had to struggle to get to. – Steve Irwin

We’ve evolved from sitting back on our tripods and shooting wildlife films like they have been shot historically, which doesn’t work for us. – Steve Irwin

I would sooner die of a taipan bite then tell my dad that I got bitten by a taipan. Because my nose would bleed from his kicking my ass. – Steve Irwin

And I have stopped eating tuna until the tuna nets cease killing tens of thousands of dolphins every single year. – Steve Irwin

I’ve probably saved thousands of peoples’ lives with my educational message on snake bites, how to get in around venomous anything. – Steve Irwin

You know, you can touch a stick of dynamite, but if you touch a venomous snake it’ll turn around and bite you and kill you so fast it’s not even funny. – Steve Irwin

Take the crocodile, for example, my favorite animal. There are 23 species. Seventeen of those species are rare or endangered. They’re on the way out, no matter what anyone does or says, you know. – Steve Irwin

But I put my life on the line to save animals. – Steve Irwin

So fear helps me from making mistakes, but I make lot of mistakes. – Steve Irwin

Yeah, I’m a thrill seeker, but crikey, education’s the most important thing. – Steve Irwin

So now what happens is the cameras follow me around and capture exactly what I’ve been doing since I was a boy. Only now we have a team of, you know, like 73 of us, and it’s gone beyond that. – Steve Irwin

No matter where you go and what you do in America, you turn the tele on and you’re confronted with violence. – Steve Irwin

We humans still have a long way to go with learning to live harmoniously with our environment and its wildlife. – Steve Irwin

So, my tactic with conservation of apex predators is to get people excited and take them to where they live. – Steve Irwin

Herein lies our problem. If we level that much land to grow rice and whatever, then no other animal could live there except for some insect pest species. Which is very unfortunate. – Steve Irwin

I think my path would have always gone back to or delivered me to wildlife. I think wildlife is just like a magnet, and it’s something that I can’t help. – Steve Irwin

I was born and raised with crocodiles; they are a piece of cake. But kids are so … unpredictable. – Steve Irwin

See, I’ve always seen Jacques Cousteau as a hero, mate. He’s a legend – like my dad, just a legend. And so what he did for conservation in the ’60s through the ’70s was just phenomenal. – Steve Irwin

The first crocodile I ever caught was at nine years of age, and it was a rescue. – Steve Irwin

My dad taught me from my youngest childhood memories through these connections with Aboriginal and tribal people that you must always protect people’s sacred status, regardless of the pest. – Steve Irwin

I have no fear of losing my life – if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it. – Steve Irwin

My belief is that what comes across on the television is a capture of my enthusiasm and my passion for wildlife. – Steve Irwin

I get called an adrenaline junkie every other minute, and I’m just fine with that. – Steve Irwin

I have a deep-seated respect for parrots. As gifted as I am with all other wildlife, parrots have this uncanny desire to kill me. I’m not sure why, but they’re like my kryptonite! – Steve Irwin

I’m a proud Australian, a very, very proud Australian. – Steve Irwin

Yeah, I think it’s an absolute disaster that Australia, the government, allowed kangaroo culling. – Steve Irwin

The only animals I’m not comfortable with are parrots, but I’m learning as I go. I’m getting better and better at ’em. I really am. – Steve Irwin

You know, I’m Australian, and we have got the worst sense of humor. We are cruel to each other. – Steve Irwin

Australia has one of the worst mammalian extinction rates in the world. – Steve Irwin

I sincerely believe that there’s room for cutting down trees for forestry and grazing, so as we all get to eat. Everyone has to compromise. – Steve Irwin

Statistically there’s only one crocodile-related human fatality per year in the whole of Australia. – Steve Irwin

Yeah, for some reason parrots have to bite me. That’s their job. I don’t know why that is. They’ve nearly torn my nose off. I’ve had some really bad parrot bites. – Steve Irwin

All you have to do in life is be passionate and enthusiastic and you will have a wonderful life. – Steve Irwin

I have a message for my fans. Whatever you want to do in this world, it is achievable. The most important thing that I’ve found, that perhaps you could use, is be passionate and enthusiastic in the direction that you choose in life, and you’ll be a winner. – Steve Irwin

I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that’s habitat destruction. – Steve Irwin

If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love. – Steve Irwin

If we save our wild places, we will ultimately save ourselves. – Steve Irwin

I want the cleanest water, the freshest air and wildlife in abundance… but most of all I want a future for our children. – Steve Irwin

My number one rule is to keep that camera rolling. Even if it’s shaky or slightly out of focus, I don’t give a rip. Even if a big old alligator is chewing me up I want to go down and go, ‘Crikey!’ just before I die. That would be the ultimate for me. – Steve Irwin

If you can’t excite people about wildlife, how can you convince them to love, cherish, and protect our wildlife and the environment they live in? – Steve Irwin

A lot of people who work with wildlife work with wildlife to satisfy their own egos. And I don’t really agree with that. What I do is get in nice and close to the animal to make the animal look good. My aim in this world is to make that brown snake, that crocodile, that koala, that red-backed spider, that black widow, look good. That’s my job. I have absolutely no problem with my ego or my staff’s ego. – Steve Irwin

The message is simple: love and conserve our wildlife. – Steve Irwin

Crocodiles. I’ve been catching them since I was nine. No problem. – Steve Irwin

My job, my mission, the reason I’ve been put onto this planet, is to save wildlife. And I thank you for comin’ with me. Yeah, let’s get ’em! – Steve Irwin

The truth is that we will never save wildlife by killing it. – Steve Irwin

Born a wildlife warrior, die a wildlife warrior. – Steve Irwin

I am optimistic globally. So many scientists are working frantically on the reparation of our planet. – Steve Irwin

I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message. – Steve Irwin

I probably don`t show fear, but I suffer from fear like everyone else. – Steve Irwin

When the East Timor conflict broke out, when they gained independence, the militia killed a lot of East Timorese people. And their sacred totem is the crocodile. They believe that their island is actually a solidified crocodile, so it has sacred status. – Steve Irwin

Crikey means gee whiz, wow! – Steve Irwin

And that unusual squawking sound is actually the mating call of the the rare…oh, it’s just an oboe player. – Steve Irwin

Where I live if someone gives you a hug it’s from the heart. – Steve Irwin

No, snakes are no problem. I’d go to any country, anywhere, any snakes, not a problem. – Steve Irwin

Since I was a boy, from this house, I was out rescuing crocodiles and snakes. My mum and dad were very passionate about that and, I was lucky enough to go along. – Steve Irwin

My field is with apex predators, hence your crocodiles, your snakes, your spiders. – Steve Irwin

When I talk to the camera, mate, it’s not like I’m talking to the camera, I’m talking to you because I want to whip you around and plunk you right there with me. – Steve Irwin

That might have a lot to do with it, but you know, I probably don’t show fear, but I suffer from fear like everyone else. – Steve Irwin

Because when they strike it can be that quick that if they’re within range, you’re dead, you’re dead in your tracks. And his head weighs more than my body so it’s WHACK! – Steve Irwin

I bled a lot. I got hit across the face. We couldn’t film for seven days. I got hit, whacked, underwater, across the face. I finished the shot, got into the boat and blood started coming out. – Steve Irwin

She would definitely be the oldest living animal on Earth … I can’t see why she shouldn’t live till 200. – Steve Irwin

He could still decide to take out his anger on us, – Steve Irwin

We need to increase the perception for people who live in Apollo, Butler and everywhere else that it’s OK to come into the city. – Steve Irwin

We did not submit an ordinance that we believed would not pass constitutional muster. The Supreme Court says we can make reasonable time, place and manner restrictions in order to achieve a legitimate public interest. – Steve Irwin

To me, the story is the power of volunteers. – Steve Irwin

This is going to be under water one or two days a year. – Steve Irwin

I have no problem giving donations, but I like to see my money go to work. – Steve Irwin

I had to jump off and jump on a plane at the ranger’s station airfield, flew straight down and walked off the plane into the awards ceremony. – Steve Irwin

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