On Sunday, February 2, Terri Irwin shared an emotional tribute and photo to Steve Irwin, celebrating the anniversary of their engagement.
— Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) February 2, 2020
“It was 28 years ago today, here at @AustraliaZoo, that Steve asked me to marry him,“ Terri Irwin wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo of her and the late Crocodile Hunter star. “Life is constantly changing. Love is forever.“
Terri and Steve first met each other in 1991, when she stopped by a small reptile park in Australia where he had been working as a zookeeper at the time. Terri revealed to PEOPLE last year that the sparks between them were immediate.
“Right away we were talking about wildlife, and our passions in life and I kept thinking, ‘I wonder if this guy’s married,’” she said. “He said to me, ‘Would you like to meet my girlfriend, Sue?’ I tried to be cool about it, but I was devastated. Then he goes, ‘Hey Sue, Suey, come here.’ And his little dog came running around the corner. ‘This is my girlfriend, Sue,’ he said. I thought, ‘Yes!’”
Terri and Steve went on to tie the knot in June 1992, the couple had two children together, daughter Bindi and son Robert.
In 2006, while working on the documentary series Ocean’s Deadliest, Steve was stung by a stingray off the coast of Australia. He passed away on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44.
Every year on November 15, the Irwin family celebrates his legacy on Steve Irwin Day, the annual international event which honors the life and legacy of the beloved wildlife expert.
The Irwin family continues to run the Australian Zoo together, and recently has taken in animals affected by the Australian bushfires that have been going on since September 2019.