The Feline Conservation Federation Pays Tribute to Nature's Warrior Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter

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Says, FCF director Lynn Culver, “Clearly Steve did not contemplate his own death when he took the risks that compelled us to watch and hear his message of conservation. The death he feared was mega death – the death of the natural world.”

The Feline Conservation Federation joins with the world to mourn the death of Australia's Croc Hunter Steve Irwin and salute his life’s work as a passionate wildlife warrior and animal lover.

The FCF is a worldwide non-profit organization. FCF members practice conservation of wild felines through captive breeding programs, educational exhibiting and the creation of captive habitat for exotic cats.

Says FCF director Lynn Culver, “Clearly Steve did not contemplate his own death when he took the risks that compelled us to watch and hear his message of conservation. The death he feared was mega death – the death of the natural world.”

“Steve understood the horror of killing nature. So Steve did everything he could to show us that nature is more marvelous and beautiful then anything we could imagine.”

In an interview with Larry King last fall, Steve explained the value of televising his provocative encounters with animals in nature. He said, “Our animals are dying at such a great rate and if you can't get wilds into people's hearts, then we haven't got a hope in heck of saving them because people don't want to save something they don't know.”

Many of the 37 species of wild feline are at risk of extinction in the coming decades from human encroachment, poaching, habitat destruction and global climate changes.

Wild felines bred in captivity are good will ambassadors for their cousins in the wild. The exhibition of wildlife by zoos and knowledgeable educators like Steve Irwin instills respect for our natural heritage and creates awareness of threats to nature. This appreciation of wildlife motivates humanity and governments to push economic, social and cultural changes forward to save the planet.

Archimedes once said, “Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand, and I can move the world.” Steve’s life work was to move the world, away from boredom to wonder, away from apathy to empathy, and away from greed to compassion. The lever Steve used was the animals themselves, their beauty, their charisma, their majesty, their capacity for reason and love.

The Feline Conservation Federation salutes Steve Irwin. The Croc Hunter was a rare breed, a conservationist that was also hands-on with the animals he cared about. He reached audiences world-wide and brought animals into our hearts. The FCF sends their deepest sympathy to his wife Terri and his children Bindi and Robert.

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