Since Irwin's fatal final expedition, his wife, Teri, has taken over maintaining the park with her children, Bindi and Bob, who are both riding continuing their father's legacy by playing a major role in the lectures and education.
If you aren't lucky enough to catch a few glimpses of the 'stars,' perhaps you will settle for the kangaroo open-range. It's here visitors may pet Australia's national animal or even pat a koala while it's in between sleeps and feeds.
This isn't your regular, look-at-wild-animals-behind-glass kind of zoo. The Crocodile Hunter was a staunch environmentalist and believed in "conservation through education," and this as much a learning experience as it is gawking at wild animals. In fact, junior rangers stroll around with un-caged animals and teach visitors of all ages about the critter, then allow a few pats in for some giggles.
This place has something for everyone with an entire exhibit devoted to Africa, Rainforest Aviary, Elephantasia and a Tiger Temple. With perfect weather almost year-round, the animals spend most of their time outside and think it's their natural habitat, so there's no waiting behind a fence for only a glimpse.
Well, hello there!
[Photos: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted & rawfish]