Terri and Bob Irwin to feature Kangaroo Island bushfire on global Animal Planet television show

National Parks and Wildlife Service SA ranger Reece Boulden and CFS deputy group officer Kayne Davis on the Kangaroo Island fireground with Terri and Bob Irwin from Australia Zoo.
National Parks and Wildlife Service SA ranger Reece Boulden and CFS deputy group officer Kayne Davis on the Kangaroo Island fireground with Terri and Bob Irwin from Australia Zoo.

Terri Irwin and her son Bob's visit to the devastated Kangaroo Island bushfire grounds in February will be featured in their global television show.

Footage and interviews with local firefighters and wildlife rescuers will feature on Crickey! It's the Irwins on the Animal Planet channel that's viewed all over the world.

Terri and Bob flew in from Australia Zoo on the East Coast on February 12 only weeks after the fires were contained.

Hosting them and their camera crew for the visit was Country Fire Service deputy group officer for Kangaroo Island, Kayne Davis.

Also showing them around the ecological impact of the fires was National Parks and Wildlife Service SA ranger Reece Boulden.

Terri and Bob Irwin at the CFS incident management team headquarters in Kingscote, firefighters and the Kingscote 34 fire appliance.

Terri and Bob Irwin at the CFS incident management team headquarters in Kingscote, firefighters and the Kingscote 34 fire appliance.

Mr Davis said the day started at CFS incident management team headquarters in Kingscote and they then took off in Kingscote 34 fire appliance, specially kitted with cameras and communication equipment for the filming.

Kingscote 34 was still sporting the scars from its terrifying journey out of Flinders Chase National Park in the dark, firestorm of January 3.

"I was able to fill them in on the whole timeline of events, how it started with lightning and provide with maps to show how the fire developed into the devastating event it became with the pyrocumulus cloud and catastrophic fire conditions," he said.

They visited farmland along the south coast and then north along Gosse Ritchie Road to the Western Districts sportsgrounds before heading along Playford Highway to the KI Wildlife Park.

Australia Zoo had already sent out a team of veterinarians and vet nurses to assist Sam and Dana Mitchell's wildlife rescue effort at the park.

Mr Davis said the Irwins were interested in more than the plight of KI's koalas that captured the world's attention, but also in the impact on the entire ecology and other key native species, such as the endangered glossy black cockatoos.

"Much of their habitat was literally destroyed in the fires," he said.

CFS officer Tegan Foster with Terri and Bob Irwin on Kangaroo Island.

CFS officer Tegan Foster with Terri and Bob Irwin on Kangaroo Island.

Mr Davis said the Irwins were genuine, down-to-Earth and caring people, who did not put on airs and graces or require special treatment during their visit.

"They were just really nice people and completely different to the stereotype of TV stars," he said. "They wanted to know everything and also about my own family property that was burned out in the fires."

Terri is the wife of legendary eco-warrior Steve Irwin and their children Bindi and Bob have continued his legacy.

The KI bushfire visit is expected to air on the Animal Planet channel later this year.

"I really appreciated Kayne, along with the South Australian Country Fire Service, for showing us the areas on Kangaroo Island that were affected by the bushfire," Terri Irwin told the CFS.

"Volunteers like Kayne have done a remarkable job to protect people, property and wildlife during this crisis fire season. We will do our part to help support Kangaroo Island's recovery by working towards restoring its beautiful environment and wildlife."

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