|Type||International not-for-profit organization|
|Key people||Steve Irwin Terri Irwin|
|Area served||Australia World Wide|
|Method(s)||Sponsorship and Donations|
|Motto||"Live a little on the wild side"|
Wildlife Warriors, originally called the Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation, is a conservationist organization that was established in 2002 by Steve Irwin, and his wife Terri Irwin to involve and educate others in the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife. Terri Irwin is still involved in the organisation as patron and significant advisor.
- To protect and enhance the natural environment
- To provide information and education to the public and raise awareness of wildlife issues
- To undertake biological research
- To research, recommend and act in the protection of threatened or endangered species.
- To enter into cooperative arrangements with like-minded organisations
- The Australian Wildlife Hospital, Australia
- Elephant conservation, Asia
- Tiger conservation, Sumatra
- Orangutan conservation, Sumatra
- Cheetah conservation, South Africa
- Tasmanian Devil conservation, Australia
- Whale research, USA
- Community Education (International)
- Emergency Wildlife Response (including Tsunami project)
Australia Zoo's Wildlife Warriors is represented by a number of celebrities, including:
- The Veronicas, musicians Jess and Lisa Origliasso
- Jimmy Barnes, lead vocalist of Cold Chisel
- John Williamson, Australian country musician
- Ellie Gonslaves, Australian model
The logo represents the pugmarks of five endangered animals.
They surround a human footprint.
After Steve Irwin's death
After the death of Steve Irwin on 4 September 2006, thousands of people from around the world offered their support and donations to the conservation group. On 14 October 2006, Wildlife Warriors executive manager Michael Hornby reported that donations to the fund in the past month had reached $2 million – enough to fund its animal hospital and international programs for six to nine months. The conservationist's one-hour public memorial service, which aired world-wide from Australia Zoo in September, has also been made into a DVD which was released across Australia on 14 October, all proceeds of which are to be used to fund the future of the charity.
- news.com.au "Irwin charity braces for donations" 19 September 2006
- ninemsn "Irwin donations tip $2 million" 14 October 2006
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