Robert Irwin following Dad's lead on to small screen
WE can learn a lot from nature's designs, says Robert Irwin.
The young Wildlife Warrior, son of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, stars in Wild But True, a new show based around the concept of biomimicry.
"It's all about how science mimics nature and how some of the coolest things that have evolved in nature have inspired a lot of different inventions in the man-made world," Robert tells APN.
"It's not just for kids; everyone can learn from it. We can all learn from nature."
Wild But True sees the 10-year-old following in his father's footsteps in his first TV hosting role.
His co-star is Isabel Yamazak, a 13-year-old Queensland science student.
In the 13-part series, the duo conducts experiments as part of their investigations and also gets up close and personal with the wildlife that inspired various technical innovations.
But things didn't always go to plan.
"One day we were getting ready to shoot this intricate experiment that took hours to prepare, and the director was about to say 'action' when we heard this really weird noise from outside," Robert says.
"The set designer opened the door and two tiger cubs just strolled in to the lab and started destroying the set.
"It was quite funny and I don't think you can get angry at two tiger cubs."
Examples of biomimicry include how the hydrophobic qualities of butterfly wings are being used to make iPads waterproof, and how the way giraffes control their blood pressure inspired new G-suits for pilots that prevent blackouts.
The show will air around the world on Foxtel's new Discovery Kids channel.
"I've always wanted to spread my message to a really wide audience, and through Wild But True everyone overseas will be able to connect with nature," Robert says.
"It doesn't matter where you live, everyone can make a difference."
Wild But True debuts on Discovery Kids on Friday January 30.