In 2006, wildlife expert and well-known TV star Steve Irwin disastrously passed away at only 44 years of age. After thirteen years, and the world keeps on respecting the late “Crocodile Hunter,” whose lasting legacy is investigated in a contacting new Google Doodle tribute.

Expected to recognize what might have been his 57th birthday celebration on February 22, 2019, this short yet sweet animation traces his extraordinary life and work. It opens with a shot of a youthful Irwin in a boat as he and his beloved dog, Sui, experience a crocodile. It then exhibits Irwin’s role at the Australia Zoo and ascend to popularity as the “Crocodile Hunter.”

The finish of the animation focuses on family, Irwin’s other outspoken passion. In the penultimate picture, he is appeared with his wife, Terri, and their young kids, Bindi and Robert. Powerfully, this frame fades into a shot of his family members at the Australia Zoo, where they keep on keeping his legacy alive—all under the careful eye of Irwin on a board.

This Google Doodle was shown by Shanti Rittgers and made in a joint effort with Bindi, Robert, and Terri, who shared her eagerness for the project in a blog post. “Today’s Google Doodle acknowledges the life and achievements of my husband Steve Irwin, whose efforts to protect wildlife and wild places have been recognised as the most extensive of any conservationist. We are so proud that his legacy lives on, as that was his greatest wish. He once said, ‘I don’t care if I’m remembered, as long as my message is remembered.”

“We do this work every day to honor Steve’s memory, and now today’s Doodle honors him, too.”

Topics #Crocodile Hunter #Google Doodle #Steve Irwin