Monday, May 07, 2007

Gorilla to be named after Australia's Crocodile Hunter

steve irwin gorillaSteve Irwin, the television personality and conservationist known as 'The Crocodile Hunter', is being honoured posthumously by the Rwandan government.

In recognition for his role as a wildlife conservationist Rwanda is naming a baby gorilla after Mr Irwin, who died last year after he was hit by a sting-ray during a diving trip.

The Volcanoes National Park in Africa, made famous by the movie "Gorillas in the Mist", is home to most of the world's mountain gorillas.

Steve Irwin's friend and former manager, John Stainton, says a naming ceremony will be held in the Rwandan park on June 30, but the family, including Mr Irwin's widow Terri, will be unable to attend.

"They choose conservationists or famous people around the world to keep the profile up and Terri is fine with that," Mr Stainton said.

"I mean she's deeply honoured that they want to do that and Steve would've loved that becuase he had a very soft spot for gorillas and he was very aware of the plight of them."

It is unclear whether the gorilla will be called Steve or another name chosen by the Irwin family.

Story here.

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