Harriet the Famous Tortoise’s Connection to Steve Irwin Day

Steve & Terri Irwin with Harriet

Ever wonder why November 15th is Steve Irwin Day? It’s not Steve’s birthday. It isn’t the day the world lost the charismatic animal advocate.  Terri Irwin decided November 15th would be a day to celebrate her husband and his legacy because it coincides with the birthday of one of his most beloved animals. November 15 also marks the “birthday” of Harriet the Galápagos tortoise. It is believed that Harriet (previously, Harry, as the giant tortoise was thought to be a boy) was collected by Charles Darwin in 1835. In 1987, Harriet retired to the Queensland Reptile Park – the very park owned by Steve Irwin’s family which would later become Australia Zoo. Harriet passed away at the ripe old age of (an estimated) 175 years.


Steve and Terri visit Malina and Dave Siddon at Wildlife Images during the filming of pilot episode of Crocodile Hunter in 1992

Join us as we celebrate the original Wildlife Warrior!

In honor of Steve Irwin enjoy free admission on Sunday, November 15 – with a donation of dog food!

(Any new, unopened, unexpired bag of dog food will qualify for free admission for the whole family!)

Wildlife Images will also offer free experiences with a variety of the parks’ Animal Ambassadors. Plus, don’t forget to enter the raffle to win a prize package and join us as executive director, Dave Siddon makes a special announcement in honor of the Irwin family!

A photograph of Terri and her cougar, Malina, hangs at the Australia Zoo. Malina moved to Wildlife Images when Terri and Steve married

Please join us for this important day in the world of animal advocacy. November 15 is #SteveIrwinDay! Steve Irwin spent his life dedicated to protecting wildlife and inspiring and educating other people about the animals he loved so much. Steve’s passion and infectiously optimistic attitude earned him an instant following. Earning the name “The Crocodile Hunter,” Steve set out on adventures and invited millions round the world with him as he found new, wild friends. Learn more about the connection between the Irwin family and Wildlife Images.

Clinic Manager Jen works with Nubs the badger during the filming of Crikey! It’s the Irwins in 2019



The Irwins also returned in 2019 to film two episodes of their hit T.V. show “Crikey! it’s the Irwins!” You can learn more about that visit and what animals were featured during their visit here.