Irwin Family Offers Glimpse at COVID-19 Lockdown in Zoo in Animal Planet Series

Tarrah Gibbons
July 14, 2020 - 6:00 am

    Just as restaurants, clothing stores, and offices around the world have had to close their doors to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, some zoos have closed as well.

    During the COVID-19 crisis, the Irwin family has been taking care of their zoo in Australia.

    Steve Irwin’s family will make a special appearance on their Animal Planet series, “Crikey! It’s The Irwins: Life in Lockdown,” which will air Saturday at 9 p.m., the New York Post reported.

    The show gave details about how the family maintains their Australia Zoo during the pandemic.

    “Every business has had to deal with this same storm-like event of COVID-19,” Terri Irwin said.

    The 55-year-old said the Australia Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals, many of which are endangered. Although the zoo is closed to the public, Irwin explained how the zoo couldn’t close because they all had to care for the animals.

    “We still had 200 staff coming to care for the animals and the gardens and our food outlets — all with essentially no income,” Irwin said.

    The Irwin family includes Australia Zoo’s owner Terri, her son Robert, 16, and daughter Bindi, 21. They have also welcomed Bindi’s new husband, Chandler Powell, 23.

    The couple married on March 25 in the zoo, at a ceremony with no guests due to the pandemic.

    Saturday's episode will take a look at the aftermath of their wedding.

    “We got married and immediately went to caring for 1,200 animals with no guests and no money,” says Powell.

    “We’ve become closer than ever, and in [Saturday’s special] you get to see me get bitten on the face by a snake,” he says. “So there’s some bloodsport as well.”

    Terri says the zoo has been fortunate enough to maintain itself through fans who participated in their "adopt an animal" program.

    The establishment also plans to finally reopen, in the country, which hasn't been hit as hard as some others around the world.

    “Overall, we are incredibly blessed in Australia to be less affected by COVID than some other countries,” Terri says. “Our hearts go out to our friends and family and organizations we support in America. We’re hoping we can stand together with others and offer encouragement.

    She added: “If you can see Australia Zoo go from closed to open [in the special], we’re hoping that can be inspirational to other people.”

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