Lonely Planet Writer

The Crocodile Hunter's son is following in his dad's footsteps

His late father Steve Irwin was one of the world’s most famous conservationists, well known to tens of millions around the world as the Crocodile Hunter.

Robert Irwin, the 13-year-old son of the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin
Robert Irwin, son of the Crocodile Hunter is making waves his wildlife photography. Photo by: Russell Shakepeare

Thirteen-year-old Robert Irwin was always likely to follow in his father’s footsteps having actually grown up in a zoo. Robert does not just share his father’s passion for wildlife however – he’s already become an accomplished nature photographer as these beautiful images illustrate.

Spotted python snapped by Robert Irwin
A striking image of a spotted python. Photo by Robert Irwin

He told Lonely Planet: “I’m so lucky to have grown up right in the middle of Australia Zoo surrounded by all kinds of spectacular animals. That certainly instilled a passion for wildlife and that is what sparked my love for photography. “I feel very privileged to travel all over the world with my family and capture images of wildlife and wild places. I’m always inspired by the magnificence of nature and I love sharing this with others through my photographs.”

Crocodile Hunter's son Robert Irwin is following in his father's footsteps
Crocodile at the water’s edge. Photo by Robert Irwin

He said he wanted to continue the work that his dad had been involved in on conservation. “All of our gorgeous animals at Australia Zoo are like family and we absolutely love them,” he said. “I’m so fortunate to be involved in the many conservation programmes that we support around the globe from rhino conservation in Africa to elephants in Cambodia, tigers in Sumatra and more.”

Robert said wildlife conservation and photography went hand in hand and he hoped to inspire other young people to connect with the natural world. “Encouraging everyone, especially young people, to love and respect all wildlife and nature is the key to preserving the world for generations to come,” he said.

You can keep up with all of Robert’s latest photographs through his Instagram feed.