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Last Updated: Wednesday September 20 2006 05:41 GMT

Thousands remember Steve Irwin

Bindi Irwin

More than 5,000 people have gathered to remember Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin at his zoo in Australia.

Steve's daughter Bindi spoke about what her father did: "He was working to change the world so that everyone would love wildlife like he did."

The service took place in a part of the zoo called the Crocoseum, and was shown on TV around the world.

Irwin died more than two weeks ago after he was stung in the chest by a sting ray while filming a TV show.

"My daddy was my hero -- he was always there for me when I needed him.
"We filmed together, caught crocodiles together, loved being in the bush together.
"I don't want daddy's passion ever to end. I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did."
The Australian Prime Minister John Howard was at the ceremony, and said Mr Irwin had taught people to love and respect all creatures, great and small.

Hollywood actors Russell Crowe and Cameron Diaz also paid tribute to the animal expert by sending taped messages.

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