Kate’s been lending a hand to the Australia Zoo. Well, actually, two of her hands. Kate has left her permanent mark as the Zoo’s special guest star by officially opening Steve Irwin Day 2011. Kate’s a star with the Zoo and they proved it by giving her one on their Walk of Fame. Above Kate’s name and under her star, Kate wrote: “Congrats on the Gr8 work!” Other celebs who have pressed their hands into the zoo’s cement include Steve Jacobs and Beau Bridges.
It’s been over five years since Terri Irwin lost her husband, Steve to a freak accident while snorkeling near a stingray. Daughter Bindi is now 13 and their son Robert will soon be celebrating his eighth birthday. Terri and the children have worked to carry on the family’s belief in conservation. Per the zoo’s website, “Our goal in 2011 is to continue to keep Steve’s dream alive; to celebrate the life of the one and only Crocodile Hunter and raise vital funds for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.”
The celebration for Steve Irwin Day started with a Gala Dinner held on November 12. A lunch for nine with Kate was auctioned, as well as several other celebrity items including a guitar autographed by Taylor Swift and a signed pair of Nike’s that were custom made and presented by Nike’s CEO to Oprah during her last season. After the lunch, Kate tweeted: “Just finished auctioned luncheon w/ a bunch of amazing ladies….great company, food…& all 4 a great cause!!Grateful 4 another day here!”
On her previous trip to Australia, Kate fell in love with koalas and was visibly moved after holding one for the first time. After being told that the zoo hospital treats many koalas who often fall victim to car accidents or are attacked by dogs, Kate said “In that moment I decided I needed to do something to save koalas. And, I wouldn’t have even considered myself like overly animal activistish before. But, something just..I don’t know. You like catch the bug. And, when that happens, you should do something about it.” The funds raised on Steve Irwin Day go to the zoo’s hospital which cares for sick and injured wildlife.
Good luck to the Zoo and to Kate as the activities wind down. It sounds like a whirlwind of fun. I hope many pledges and donations were made to help the Australia Zoo continue its efforts in wildlife conservation.
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