Bob Irwin is a celebrated Australian naturalist, animal conservationist, and a pioneering herpetologist who is also famous for his conservation and husbandry work with apex predators and reptiles. He was the original founder of Australia Zoo, which he and his wife opened as the small, family run Beerwah Reptile Park in 1973, with the intention of increasing public knowledge of native wildlife.
Bob and his late son Steve, went on to implement and manage a wide variety of research projects into Australian reptiles in collaboration with various universities and government departments. This work has had a major influence on wildlife management today.
Bob’s work, and the Irwin legacy, is recognised for helping to educate millions of people about the importance of nature conservation. Bob is continuing his and Steve’s legacy though the Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation Foundation, giving a voice to Australian wildlife and educating the next generation of grassroots conservationists through research, advocacy and education.
Amanda French is a Queensland based media and communications specialist across various wildlife causes. Amanda has worked both in the field and remotely in developing campaigns and providing support to international wildlife projects such as Bona the Sumatran elephant in Indonesia and Australian not-for-profit organisations Free the Bears Fund and Quoin Island Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
Amanda also works with Australian naturalist Bob Irwin to provide support to many Australian wildlife organisations through Bob’s public advocacy. Together they have clocked up more than 20,000 kilometres on the road to tell their stories and inspire others.
Amanda’s work within the wildlife arena has been told on ABC’s Australian Story in March 2013 and again in May 2015. Copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin