Bob Irwin with Jarrod Schenk for Wildlife HQ
Bob Irwin with Jarrod Schenk for Wildlife HQ

Bob Irwin’s back at zoo, but it's not Terri's

BOB Irwin is once again giving wildlife talks at a zoo on the Sunshine Coast it just isn't at the one he started with his son Steve.

Mr Irwin has been involved with Wildlife HQ, formerly Queensland Zoo, at the Big Pineapple.

The zoo is in direct competition with Australia Zoo, now run by Mr Irwin's daughter-in-law, Terri and grandchildren, Bindi and Robert.

Photos of Mr Irwin at Maly, the sun bear's, eighth birthday celebration show him smiling and clearly enjoying being involved with animals once again.

Wildlife HQ wrote on its Facebook page their "good friend Bob will be doing a very special reptile presentation".

Mr Irwin also posted on his Wildlife Foundation page a photograph of himself with Wildlife HQ CEO Jarrod Schenk saying he was "delighted" to be Maly's birthday ambassador.

Mr Irwin started the Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park, where Australia Zoo now sits, in 1970 as a wildlife park home to native wildlife.

In 1991, his son, Steve, took over the management of the renamed Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park which had expanded to four acres.

Robert retired with wife Lyn in the 1990s, leaving the park to Steve and his new wife Terri and the couple renamed it Australia Zoo.

The fallout with Terri since Steve's tragic death on September 4, 2006 has made headlines around the world

Bindi Irwin, in winning Dancing with the Stars last year, said she hadn't spoken to her grandfather since 2008.

"Everyone deals with grief differently," she told other media.

"When my dad passed away he (Bob) chose to distance himself from everything that dad loved the most.

"At the moment we are really just respecting his wishes because he hasn't had anything to do with us for a long time and he decided to take his own path. That's important, so good for him.

"There was one year where we sent birthday presents to him and he opened them up and he sent them back."

Mr Irwin has previously commented he wasn't on speaking terms with his grandchildren which was "sad, but it's just the way things are".

Neither Mr Irwin or Mr Schenk could be reached for comment.

Queensland Zoo was renamed Wildllife HQ this year.

The zoo houses 200 animals from Alma Park Zoo which closed in 2014.

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