As OK! previously reported, the beloved television star passed away in September 2006 after he was unexpectedly attacked and killed by a stingray. In the years following his tragic passing, Terri, their daughter, Bindi Irwin, and son, Robert Irwin, found it difficult to run the zoo during the pandemic without the patriarch.
“It has probably been the hardest time in our lives other than when dad passed away,” Bindi explained in an interview. “For us it’s been difficult [because] Australia Zoo has over a thousand animals. We literally can’t ever close.”