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Steve Irwin Day events planned at Wildlife Images

Wildlife Images Director Dave Siddon, Terri Irwin, and Wildlife Images staff, visit with a wolf while filming a 2019 episode of Animal Planet’s “Crikey! It’s the Irwins!” The nonprofit will celebrate Steve Irwin this weekend. [File photo]

In line with events around the world honoring the life of famed “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, a Grants Pass wildlife nonprofit with ties to Irwin’s family is planning a weekend of special events and a free admission donation drive.

Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center will offer free admission in exchange for new bags of unopened and unexpired dog food as part of its “Steve Irwin Days” weekend starting Saturday, Nov. 13, through Monday at 11845 Lower River Road, Grants Pass.

Keeper Talks at the park will focus on some of the Australian wildlife conservationist’s favorite animals this weekend, according to the Wildlife Images website.

“The Irwins have been longtime supporters of Wildlife Images, and their advocacy has been critical to our success over the years,” the website states.

Irwin’s wife, Terri, and son, Robert, featured the Southern Oregon nonprofit on Animal Planet in a 2019 episode of “Crikey! It’s the Irwins,” according to a news report at the time. The Irwins are longtime friends of the Siddon family, who’ve run Wildlife Images since 1981 caring for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

Terri Irwin also tagged the Oregon nonprofit on Twitter just last week.

“Steve and I always loved visiting [Wildlife Images] ... I’m proud that we are still supporting their important work,” Terri Irwin said in a Nov. 8 tweet.