Bob Irwin brings reptiles to North Lakes

April 20, 2017 by  

Wildlife conservationist Bob Irwin dropped into Westfield shopping centre in North Lakes over Easter weekend to introduce shoppers to some of his favourite reptiles, and to sign copies of his latest book, ‘The Last Crocodile Hunter: A Father and Son Legacy’.

As a renowned herpetologist, Irwin encouraged his famous son – the late Steve Irwin – to enter the world of conservation as far back as 1973, when Bob and his wife created the Beerwah Reptile Park, which later developed into the Australia Zoo.

Originally a plumber, Bob and his nurse wife Lyn moved to Queensland to follow their passion for wildlife. Bob was instrumental in collecting snake venom for the use of snake-bite serum, while Lyn cared for injured wildlife. Their three children grew up sharing their parents’ love and respect for the environment and its natural inhabitants.

Bob Irwin says of his relationship with son Steve:

“I was just an ordinary dad raising a son the way I thought I needed to. There is no instruction manual for that.”

In addition to showcasing animals from Brisbane Reptile Awareness, the weekend’s event made use of printing services such as flyers. The Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation Foundation frequently uses banner printing for its fundraising events, creating awareness about endangered animals and the need to combat their extinction.