How much is Terri Irwin worth?
|Date of Birth:
|July 20, 1964
|United States of America (Australian)
About Terri Irwin
Terri Raines Irwin is an author, television host, and conservationist who is also the proprietor of the Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland. She is American-Australian. She is Steve Irwin’s widow.
The eldest of Clarence and Judy Raines’ three daughters and an environmentalist, Theresa Penelope Raines was born in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States. When talking about her early years, she stated, “We were truly “free-range kids”—my pals and I. Summers were spent riding bicycles through Alton Baker Park or climbing Spencer Butte in the hopes of spotting one of the reticent rattlesnakes that took shelter in the escarpments of rock. Winters were spent waiting for snow to fall in the Willamette Valley.”
Her father frequently brought injured animals home from the highways his trucks traveled as a child, and this eventually ingrained in her a lifelong dedication to protecting and treating wild animals. Her family had a long-haul trucking company.
In 1986, while still employed by the family business, she founded Cougar Country, a facility for rehabilitating and releasing predatory species including foxes, raccoons, bears, bobcats, and cougars back into the wild. She soon handled 300 animals annually.
She met Irwin by chance in 1991 while touring Australian wildlife rehabilitation centers. The Crocodile Hunter, their unique television nature documentary series, and its spin-off shows, Croc Files, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, and Crikey! followed their 1992 marriage. They are Irwins. Before Steve’s death in 2006 from a stingray injury, they had two kids: Bindi and Robert.
Terri’s citizenship as an Australian was naturalized in 2009 after Steve’s passing. She continues to run Australia Zoo with her two kids.
Terri began working as a veterinary technician in an emergency veterinary clinic in 1989 in order to expand her understanding on how to care for various animals. She continued to assist her father in the family company while also working at the veterinary hospital, rehabilitating animals through her Cougar Country organization, and rehabilitating animals herself. She also owned 15 of her own cats, a few birds, and a dog.
When Terri visited wildlife rehabilitation centers in Australia in 1991 as part of a tour, she by chance ran upon Steve Irwin, whose father had built the Australia Zoo (as Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park).
Later on, Steve would remark, “It was love at first sight.” They had a “whirlwind romance” that saw them get engaged after just four months and then married on June 4, 1992, in Eugene, Oregon, eight months later. On their honeymoon, they produced their very first television documentary. The film, which was captured by John Stainton, was used to create The Crocodile Hunter’s debut episode, which went on to enjoy success in the US.
Shortly after getting married, the couple relocated to Australia, with Terri leaving her Cougar Country project in the US behind. She thinks she was able to accomplish far more for animal conservation, though, as a partner in their wildlife businesses and television programs.
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, a feature film by the Irwins, was released in 2002 in addition to their two widely watched television programs that were shown on the Animal Planet television network in the US.
The television show Crikey! The Irwins, a television series about Terri and her family’s life in the Australia Zoo, started airing.