01/09/2016 10:45 BST | Updated 01/09/2016 14:14 BST

Emotional Letter From Steve Irwin To His Parents Revealed For The First Time

'At 32, I am finally starting to figure it out. In good times and in bad, you were there.'

A heartfelt letter Steve Irwin once wrote to his parents has been revealed for the first time, ten years after the much-loved wildlife expert’s death.

The note has been shown to the public by Steve’s dad Bob Irwin, who has published a memoir, ‘The Last Crocodile Hunter’.

Steve wrote the letter when he was 30, and in it he expresses gratitude for all that his parents did for him:

“Probably one of the most unfortunate things in a ‘Bloke’s Life’ is that it takes over 30 years to realise how essential you have been to build my character, my ethics and, most importantly, my HAPPINESS,” it reads.

“At 32, I am finally starting to figure it out. In good times and in bad, you were there.

“Your strength and endurance to raise me will not go unrewarded. My love for you is my strength!

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Bob Irwin with Slash, who once paid a visit to the zoo 

 “For the rest of my life I will reflect on the unbelievably GREAT times we’ve shared and will continue to share. You’re my best friends!”

Steve’s parents were also naturalists, and inspired their sons love for all things outdoors.

Since his death, his family have continued with the work he did in Australia, running the 100-acre Australia Zoo that he pioneered.

His daughter Bindi has also stepped into the spotlight, and won the 2015 series of ‘Dancing With The Stars’, the US equivalent of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

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