Robert Irwin ‘prepares to fly nest and follow in dad Steve’s footsteps by travelling the world’


Robert Irwin has already followed in his dad Steve’s footsteps (Picture: Getty Images)

Robert Irwin is reportedly preparing to follow in his dad Steve’s footsteps and travel the world, which will mean him flying the nest of his family home at Australia Zoo.

Robert and his sister Bindi have been staples at Australia Zoo alongside their mum Terri, continuing Steve’s legacy since his death in 2006.

Now, it’s been suggested that Robert is ‘itching’ to jet off and see the world.

A source said: ‘Robert has worked in croc conservation, just like his dad, ever since he could walk.

‘He loves Australia Zoo and everything his parents built together, but he’s ambitious and wants to get out and see the world – hopefully with a camera crew right behind him, just like Steve did.’

They added to Australia’s New Idea magazine: ‘He’d love to go back to South Africa, where he’s been with his mum and sister before, and work on filming big game. He wants to be a mix of his dad and David Attenborough.’

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Bindi and Robert have always been incredibly close (Picture: Getty Images)
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Steve Irwin died in 2006 (Picture: Getty Images)

The source went on to say that Bindi is ‘heartbroken’ at the thought of saying goodbye to her brother but understands that he deserves to live out his dreams.

Steve rose to fame for his documentary series The Crocodile Hunter but died in 2006 after an accidental attack by a stingray.

He left behind his wife Terri, 57, and children Bindi, 23, and Robert, 18.

In February, the kids paid tribute on what would have been Steve’s 60th birthday.

Robert said that every minute spent with his father had been ‘a blessing’.

‘Happy birthday Dad. I love you and I miss you more every single day,’ he wrote.

‘My earliest memories are my fondest, thanks to you. Hanging on to the handlebars of the motorbike, when you’d take Bindi and I on your morning lap of the zoo – before going to get ice cream for breakfast.

‘Every minute with you was a blessing. I’m gonna ride that lap on your old motorbike this afternoon.’

His older sister, who was eight years old when their father died, wrote: ‘Happy Birthday to the greatest dad and Wildlife Warrior.

‘Today I’ll watch The Crocodile Hunter with Grace Warrior and share stories about her incredible Grandpa Crocodile.

‘I love you with all my heart. Your legacy lives on.’ has contacted reps for Robert Irwin for comment.

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