Terri Irwin has recalled the first time she met her late husband Steve Irwin during an interview at a Brisbane auditorium on Wednesday night.

The wildlife warrior, 57, who hails from Oregon in the United States, had been visiting Australia when she was just 27 when she first laid eyes on The Crocodile Hunter.

Terri travelled through Beerwah, a rural town in Queensland, and came across the Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park, now known as Australia Zoo. 

A rare insight: Notoriously private Terri Irwin, 57, recalled meeting her late husband Steve Irwin (both pictured) for the very first time, during a live interview with The Courier Mail in Brisbane on Wednesday night 

‘I was very impressed with the humility and love that he had for the animals,’ Terri  said during a live interview with The Courier Mail on Wednesday.    

‘Incredibly short shorts, a big hat, and a big mullet, and he was so enthusiastic.’  

Terri revealed that they spent the entire day talking and exchanged phone numbers. 

The wildlife warrior, who hails from Oregon in the United States, had been visiting Australia when she was just 27 when she first laid eyes on The Crocodile Hunter. 'I was very impressed with the humility and love that he had for the animals,' Terri told the audience. Pictured in 2019

The wildlife warrior, who hails from Oregon in the United States, had been visiting Australia when she was just 27 when she first laid eyes on The Crocodile Hunter. ‘I was very impressed with the humility and love that he had for the animals,’ Terri told the audience. Pictured in 2019

Unique: 'Incredibly short shorts, a big hat, and a big mullet, and he was so enthusiastic,' Terri went on to say of Steve. She revealed that they spent the entire day talking and exchanged phone numbers. Steve is pictured in 2003

Unique: ‘Incredibly short shorts, a big hat, and a big mullet, and he was so enthusiastic,’ Terri went on to say of Steve. She revealed that they spent the entire day talking and exchanged phone numbers. Steve is pictured in 2003

They eventually got married in 1992 in Oregon, and welcomed two children together, daughter Bindi, now 23, and son Robert, 18.  

Steve tragically died, aged 44, in September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming a documentary on the Batt Reef in Queensland. 

Terri shared a sweet tribute to Steve on Valentine’s Day this year, posting a throwback picture to Twitter of the couple sharing a kiss at Australia Zoo.    

She said that despite all their responsibilities at the zoo, the couple always found time for ‘love’. 

Sweet: Terri shared a sweet tribute to Steve on Valentine's Day this year, posting a throwback picture to Twitter of the couple sharing a kiss at Australia Zoo

Sweet: Terri shared a sweet tribute to Steve on Valentine’s Day this year, posting a throwback picture to Twitter of the couple sharing a kiss at Australia Zoo

Looking back: It came after Terri shared another tribute to Steve in February as she marked their engagement anniversary. She posted a never-before-seen image of the pair sitting on a lounge together on Twitter, and revealed it has been 30 years since he proposed

Looking back: It came after Terri shared another tribute to Steve in February as she marked their engagement anniversary. She posted a never-before-seen image of the pair sitting on a lounge together on Twitter, and revealed it has been 30 years since he proposed 

‘Before feeding our beautiful crocodiles @AustraliaZoo, there was always a moment for love!’ Terri wrote, adding the hashtag ‘happy Valentine’s Day’. 

In the flashback image, the pair were both clad in their khaki Australia Zoo uniforms and kissed near the crocodile enclosure.  

It came after Terri shared another tribute to Steve in February as she marked their engagement anniversary. 

She posted a never-before-seen image of the pair sitting on a lounge together on Twitter, and revealed it has been 30 years since he proposed.

Love story: 'It was 30 years ago today that Steve proposed,' Terri began. 'One word - Yes! - began our journey of love, adventure, travel, and filming in all the "glamorous" locations! Most of all, we had fun'

Love story: ‘It was 30 years ago today that Steve proposed,’ Terri began. ‘One word – Yes! – began our journey of love, adventure, travel, and filming in all the “glamorous” locations! Most of all, we had fun’ 

Nuptials: They got married in 1992 in Oregon, and welcomed two children together, daughter Bindi, now 23, and son Robert, 18. Steve tragically died in September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming a documentary on the Batt Reef in Queensland

Nuptials: They got married in 1992 in Oregon, and welcomed two children together, daughter Bindi, now 23, and son Robert, 18. Steve tragically died in September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming a documentary on the Batt Reef in Queensland

‘It was 30 years ago today that Steve proposed,’ Terri began. 

‘One word – Yes! – began our journey of love, adventure, travel, and filming in all the “glamorous” locations! Most of all, we had fun.’   

Since Steve’s tragic death, his family have vowed to carry on his legacy and conservation efforts at Australia Zoo. 

His legacy: Since then, his family (pictured) have vowed to carry on his legacy and conservation efforts at Australia Zoo

His legacy: Since then, his family (pictured) have vowed to carry on his legacy and conservation efforts at Australia Zoo



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