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“CROCODILE Hunter” star Steve Ir­win’s Aus­tralia Zoo could be shut down for good! Steve’s wi­dow, Terri Ir­win, re­vealed the heart­break­ing news that the beloved Queens­land at­trac­tion was on the brink of col­lapse due to the coron­avirus pan­demic. The zoo, which spends a whop­ping $400,000 a week on wages and nearly $80,000 to feed its menagerie of

1,200 an­i­mals, had no in­come and just six weeks’ worth of food when it was forced to close its doors.

Al­though it re­opened to the pub­lic on June 12 with a skele­ton crew, the mom of Bindi, 21, and Robert, 16, said she “can’t even come close to pay­ing the bills,” and that they’ve only man­aged to stay afloat — so far at least — thanks to gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance. “Some­times at the end of the day I’ve just got my head in my hands won­der­ing what we’re go­ing to do to­mor­row,” Terri lamented. “This was Steve’s pas­sion. Steve would say to me, ‘If any­thing hap­pens to me, make sure the zoo con­tin­ues.’ So it’s re­ally im­por­tant that we keep this go­ing.”

Steve Ir­win died when a st­ingray’s barb pierced his chest in 2006 Steve’s fam­ily (from left): son Robert, wife Terri and daugh­ter Bindi

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