Crikey! Overstating the conservation influence of the crocodile hunter

Jesse Northfield, Clive McMahon

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    Abstract

    As humans recognise their environmental responsibilities, it is timely to investigate the influence celebrities have on social causes, including conservation. Recently, Brown explored the conservation influence of Steve Irwin. In our commentary, we argue that Irwin was not a conservation champion but an environmental celebrity. His style, while entertaining, was intrusive and his knowledge of biodiversity limited. Nonetheless, his effects to conserve wildlife through land acquisition and popularise conservation will be long lasting. Awareness is key to conservation, and Irwin brought issues to the fore. However, his role in imparting knowledge and respect for animals is debateable.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)412-417
    Number of pages6
    JournalScience Communication
    Volume32
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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