by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals
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Steve Irwin’s legacy, the Australia Zoo, is currently in financial crisis. Things have gotten so bad recently that the zoo had to let go of twenty-two employees.

Zoo officials blame the debt on a decrease in tourism, the recent floods and the global economic downfall. However, other sources close to the zoo say that the institution simply overextended itself and made poor financial decisions. In addition, they are not bringing in the same kind of money they were before Irwin’s death.

Former curator Bruce Murdock said, “They have blown millions on poor planning and poor execution. Steve had a lot of dreams but they were massive dreams that only he could fund. They are trying to do it on the back of Bindi and Terri but I don’t think they can support it.”

Terri Irwin disagrees with that assessment. She said in rebuttal, “I have absolutely no intention of closing Australia Zoo. Again, our wildlife hospital is running, our wildlife experiences are continuing, and we fund our conservation projects with people who come into Australia Zoo. Nothing has closed. Nothing will close.”

Steve Irwin died in September of 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming for his show. Today would have been the Crocodile Hunter’s 49th birthday.

Via News Limited

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • JayP

    Steve Irwin was always about the fame and money…not the animals. He was a fraud. Since his death, Terri and Bindi have done some feel good PR in the realm of the rights of the animals but if the Zoo closes….that would be great news to me!

  • Ross

    Medea whores just out for the money