This image released by Animal Planet shows the Irwin family, from left, Robert, Terri and Bindi. The Irwin family is returning to television's Animal Planet, 11 years after the death of 'The Crocodile Hunter' star and family patriarch Steve Irwin. The network announced Wednesday that they will work with Animal Planet on television and digital projects that will begin being seen next year.
Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
The Irwin family is returning to TV and Animal Planet 21 years after “The Crocodile Hunter” premiered in 1996.
In a Wednesday news release, Discovery Communications said Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin will be working on TV projects on Animal Planet, which is owned by Discovery Communications.
The Irwins are carrying on the legacy of their late patriarch, Steve Irwin, who spent his life learning about and educating others about wildlife, particularly reptiles. He died in 2006 when a stingray’s barb pierced his heart.
“Steve Irwin was a champion for all wildlife and he and Terri’s excitement and enthusiasm brought viewers from around the world in touch with nature,” Animal Planet general manager Patrice Andrews said in a statement. “Their passion for animals, love for their family, and leadership in conservation awareness left a strong legacy that continues today.”
“The Crocodile Hunter” aired from 1996-2007. Husband and wife Steve and Terri Irwin co-hosted and their two children frequently made appearances. Other shows the Irwins hosted included “Croc Files” and “New Breed Vets.”
In addition to TV projects, the Irwins will be global ambassadors for Discovery Communications.