Throughout his career, Bob has been involved in a number of scientific projects, including discovering a new species of freshwater turtle – the Elseya irwini (the Irwin Turtle), a rare turtle found only in the Burdekin River Basin – and a research project in Cape York catching and satellite tracking wild salt water crocodiles.
Following Lyn’s tragic death in 2000, Bob moved to one of Australia Zoo’s conservation properties, where he fulfilled the role of Manager, demonstrating that it is possible to effectively produce cattle without detrimentally affecting the environment or its wildlife. On this property Bob was also instrumental in instituting a koala-tracking program, in conjunction with the University of Queensland, to investigate the outcome of rehabilitated koalas following release.
In 2004 Bob remarried and since his departure from Australia Zoo in 2008, two years after Steve’s death, he and his wife Judy have lived on a property near Kingaroy where they gratefully co-exist with the local wildlife.
Rather than mellow with age, Bob has become ever more vocal in representing Australia’s wildlife and making the general public more aware of their often desperate plight. Bob has worked with volunteers from a number of grassroots environmental organisations to draw attention to such issues as the massacre of wombats in farming regions, the inhumane slaughter of dugongs, the atrocities of the kangaroo industry and the imminent loss of koalas from South East Queensland.