TERRI Irwin says she has not been on a single date since her husband Steve Irwin died 10 years ago.

Speaking to The Australian Women's Weekly, the passionate wildlife warrior and mother-of-two said that dating or remarrying hasn't been a priority for her since Steve was tragically killed by a stingray in 2006.

"I haven't been on a single date since Steve died," Terri told the magazine.

She said she did not think it was wrong to remarry but she had been enjoying her life with her children Bindi and Robert.

The 52-year-old American first met Steve during an education trip to Australia during the 1990s.

They married just months after their first meeting.

"If I hadn't met Steve, I probably would never have married because I wasn't looking for love when I met him. What we had was incredible," she said.

She and Steve even caught a crocodile during their honeymoon, after they wed in the U.S. state of Oregon.

Bindi Irwin pays tribute to her father at his memorial 10 years ago.
Bindi Irwin pays tribute to her father at his memorial 10 years ago. Brett Wortman/bw159867w

The Crocodile Hunter had heard some of his beloved creatures were at risk of being killed by poachers, so he and his new bride flew back to Australia to rescue them.

"I flung myself on her head first and I was amazed at the strength. They are like flexed muscle - they're just powerful… It stopped being scary and became a privilege really quickly," Terri said of the drama.

Bindi, who recently turned 18, and Robert, 12, have continued to walk in their father's footsteps.

Bindi has made headlines around the world with her exceptional Dancing with the Stars performances, movie and television roles, and prominence as an ambassador for Australia Zoo's conversation efforts.

Terri told the magazine that it had taken years for her to move on from Steve's death.

She even kept his toothbrush and refused to cut her hair for years because Steve  liked her with long hair.

But when the family remodelled their three-bedroom home near Australia Zoo two years ago, Terri finally decided to clear out all of his belongings into boxes.

However she kept his office as he left it, with a sign above the desk proclaiming him the original wildlife warrior and a filing cabinet crammed with photos of animals he took from all over the world.

Signs still appear prominently on the Bruce Highway featuring Steve Irwin promoting Australia Zoo.

His pictures are prominent throughout the zoo and he is continually honoured during performances by Terri, Bindi and young Robert in the Crocoseum.

In an interview with the Sunshine Coast Daily, Terri spoke of her ongoing grief over the loss of Steve.

"Grief is an interesting thing. You deal with it daily, sometime hourly and it broadsides it when you least expect it.''

She said each year, on the anniversary of Steve's death, she wanted people to have good memories about him and to do something for wildlife in his honour.


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