Being with wild animals has never lost its thrill for Irwin.
The ethics of keeping wild animals in captivity have long been debated and in recent decades, zoos have reinvented themselves.
Australians have tended to distinguish between domestic and farm animals on the one hand, and wild animals on the other.
Jan Steele, divisional curator of exotic mammals at Melbourne Zoo, is sure that individual wild animals already have distinct personalities.
In the wake of the furore over use of wild animals.
People come to her with injured or sick birds and wild animals, and she heals them.