The late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, killed in a stingray attack last year, will be honored with a new wildlife reserve in Outback Australia, the government announced July 22.
A 135,000-hectare chunk of land near Weipa in the far north of Irwin's home state of Queensland will be named after the popular television host and managed by his family, Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.
The area to be named the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve includes habitats for the endangered northern quoll, a carnivorous marsupial, and the speartooth shark as well as an important gallery of dry vine forests, Turnbull said.
Irwin, who spent part of the millions he earned from his television show on animal conservation projects, was killed when a poisonous stingray barb pierced his chest as he swam on the Great Barrier Reef last September.
After Irwin's death, Sir David Attenborough, a British naturalist and a pioneer of nature documentaries, praised the Crocodile Hunter for introducing the natural world and its wonders to a wide number of people, saying, "He taught them how wonderful and exciting it was. He was a born communicator."
Irwin's family have vowed to continue his conservation work, and his eight-year-old daughter Bindi has launched a television career.
"Steve was in awe of the prolific wildlife of the Wenlock and Ducie Rivers bordering the reserve, and he would have been proud to see the property protected as a wildlife reserve," Irwin's US-born wife, Terri, said.
Prime Minister John Howard said the new park was an important addition to Australia's national reserve system, "and is a fitting tribute to a passionate environmentalist and a great Australian."
Craig: We've walked two hours and still haven't seen a dangerous animal.
Jamal: I for one am happy about that.
Craig: But I want to give you a true taste of the outback. Crikey! A tiger snake!
Jamal: What should I do?
Craig: Back away a few meters, and get your camera out or else nobody will believe you.
Crikey is an interjection that is used to express surprise or amazement. Most commonly used in Australia and New Zealand, it's a polite way of saying, "Christ!" Steve Irwin made the word crikey popular around the world.