Irwin family bids farewell to Robert, 18, as he ‘prepares to fly the nest’

Robert Irwin has long spoken about his desire to follow in his late father Steve’s footsteps.

And reports now claim that the 18-year-old has made the important decision to leave his family home at the Australian Zoo in Queensland and travel the world making nature documentaries – just like his father.

“He loves the Australian Zoo and everything his parents built, but he’s ambitious and wants to get out and see the world – hopefully with a camera crew right behind him, like Steve did,” a source told New Idea magazine Monday.

Robert Irwin, 18, (pictured) has reportedly decided to leave his family home at the Australian Zoo in Queensland to fulfill his dream of making nature documentaries abroad - just like his late father Steve

Robert Irwin, 18, (pictured) has reportedly decided to leave his family home at the Australian Zoo in Queensland to fulfill his dream of making nature documentaries abroad – just like his late father Steve

“He wanted to be a mix of his dad and David Attenborough,” an insider explained.

Robert, an award-winning nature photographer, was reportedly interested in visiting South Africa after falling in love with the country during a family visit in 2018.

While Robert may have stars in his eyes. insiders claim her sister Bindi, 23, is ‘heartbroken’ at the prospect of saying goodbye to her beloved brother.

“He loves the Australian Zoo and everything his parents built, but he’s ambitious and wants to get out and see the world – hopefully with a camera crew right behind him, like Steve did,” a source told New Idea magazine Monday. Robert is depicted as a child with his father Steve

Robert, an award-winning nature photographer, is reportedly interested in visiting South Africa after falling in love with the country during a family visit in 2018.

Robert, an award-winning nature photographer, is reportedly interested in visiting South Africa after falling in love with the country during a family visit in 2018.

She knows Robert deserves to make his dream come true and she excitedly shares her plans, but it makes her very emotional. He never knew life without him,” they claim.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Irwin’s family for comment.

It came after Robert paid tribute to his father on World Crocodile Day by sharing a photo to Instagram of himself feeding the crocodiles at the Australian Zoo recently, alongside a photo. his father did the same many years ago.

While Robert may have stars in his eyes.  insider claims her sister Bindi, 23, (right) feels 'heartbroken' at the prospect of saying goodbye to beloved sister

While Robert may have stars in his eyes. insider claims her sister Bindi, 23, (right) feels ‘heartbroken’ at the prospect of saying goodbye to beloved sister

She knows Robert deserves to make his dream come true and she excitedly shares her plans, but it makes her very emotional.  She never knew life without him,

She knows Robert deserves to make his dream come true and she excitedly shares her plans, but it makes her very emotional. She never knew life without her,” they claim. Bindi pictured with Robert and her husband Chandler Powell (far left)

It came after Robert paid tribute to his father on World Crocodile Day by sharing a photo to Instagram of himself feeding the crocodiles at the Australian Zoo recently, alongside a photo of his father doing the same years ago.

It came after Robert paid tribute to his father on World Crocodile Day by sharing a photo to Instagram of himself feeding the crocodiles at the Australian Zoo recently, alongside a photo of his father doing the same years ago.

‘It is the greatest honor of my life to follow in my father’s footsteps and help keep his legacy and mission alive. Especially when it comes to crocodiles, ‘Crikey! That’s what the Irwins star wrote in his caption.

‘I felt closest to her when I came face to face with the animals she loved so much – the beautiful, strong, prehistoric and misunderstood animals that were so revered.’

Robert concludes by encouraging his fans to ‘love, respect and coexist with these magnificent modern dinosaurs’.

Steve, known to millions worldwide as the ‘Crocodile Hunter’, died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being stabbed in the chest by a stingray while shooting a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland.

After his death, Steve’s family, including his children Robert and Bindi, widow Terri, and son-in-law Chandler Powell, continued his conservation work at the Australian Zoo on the Sunshine Coast.

Steve, known to millions worldwide as the 'Crocodile Hunter', died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being stabbed in the chest by a stingray while shooting a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland.  Photo: Steve and Terri Irwin

Steve, known to millions worldwide as the ‘Crocodile Hunter’, died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being stabbed in the chest by a stingray while shooting a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland. Photo: Steve and Terri Irwin

After his death, Steve's family, including his children Robert (right) and Bindi (second from left), widow Terri (second from right), and son-in-law Chandler Powell (left) continued conservation work at the Australian Zoo on Sunshine Beach.

After his death, Steve’s family, including his children Robert (right) and Bindi (second from left), widow Terri (second from right), and son-in-law Chandler Powell (left) continued conservation work at the Australian Zoo on Sunshine Beach.

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