Robert Irwin navigates adult life after turning 18 last year.  But the teen tells in this week's issue of Stellar Magazine that growing up without his father Steve Irwin was challenging.  Pictured in Stellar

Robert Irwin is all grown up in a new cover shoot

Robert Irwin navigates adult life after turning 18 last year.

But the teen says in this week’s issue: Stellar Magazine that growing up without his father Steve Irwin was challenging.

‘Because I’m kind of entering adulthood, turned 18, and navigating is hard enough [but] if you’re in my situation and you don’t have a father figure to get you through, it’s very difficult,” he admits.

Robert Irwin navigates adult life after turning 18 last year. But the teen tells in this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine that growing up without his father Steve Irwin was challenging. Pictured in Stellar

While Robert has followed in his family’s footsteps as a conservationist at Australia Zoo, he also hopes to go his own way and is pursuing a career as a photographer.

“I definitely want to experiment and try new things,” he told the magazine.

‘I want to forge my own path and I have a huge passion for photography. I love being behind the camera. I’m working on a coffee table book of my photography that I’ll be releasing later this year.”

'Because I'm kind of entering adulthood, turned 18, and navigating is hard enough [but] if you're in my situation and you don't have a father figure to get you through, it's very difficult,

‘Because I’m kind of entering adulthood, turned 18, and navigating is hard enough [but] if you’re in my situation and you don’t have a father figure to get you through, it’s very difficult,” he admits. Pictured on the cover of Stellar

In the accompanying photo shoot, Robert is all grown up as he poses in a chic slate polo shirt and brown pants.

On the cover of the magazine he draws a somewhat retro figure in a lilac shirt with rolled up sleeves and black trousers.

It comes after news that Robert will follow in the footsteps of his late father Steve and leave his childhood home at Australia Zoo in Australia. Queensland to travel the world making wildlife documentaries – just like his father.

Steve, known to millions around the world as 'the Crocodile Hunter', died on September 4, 2006 at the age of 44 after being stabbed in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland.  Robert is depicted as a child with his father Steve

Steve, known to millions around the world as ‘the Crocodile Hunter’, died on September 4, 2006 at the age of 44 after being stabbed in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland. Robert is depicted as a child with his father Steve

“He loves Australia Zoo and everything his parents have built together, but he is ambitious and wants to see the world – hopefully with a camera crew right behind him, just like Steve did,” a source said. New Idea magazine

“He wants to be a mix of his father and David Attenborough,” explains the insider.

The award-winning wildlife photographer has reportedly set his sights on a visit to South Africa after falling in love with the country during a family visit in 2018.

While Robert has followed in his family's footsteps as a conservationist at Australia Zoo, he also hopes to go his own way and is pursuing a career as a photographer

While Robert has followed in his family’s footsteps as a conservationist at Australia Zoo, he also hopes to go his own way and is pursuing a career as a photographer

Robert recently paid tribute to his father on World Crocodile Day by sharing a photo to Instagram of him recently feeding a crocodile at Australia Zoo, alongside a photo of his father did the same many years ago.

“It is the greatest honor of my life to follow in my father’s footsteps and keep his legacy and mission alive. Especially when it comes to crocodiles,’ the Crikey! It’s the Irwins star wrote in his caption.

“I feel closest to him when he’s one-on-one with the animal he loved so much – a beautiful, powerful, prehistoric, misunderstood animal that commands an enormous amount of respect.”

'I definitely want to experiment and try new things.  I want to make my own way and am really passionate about photography.  I love being behind the camera.  I'm working on a coffee table book of my photography that I'll be releasing later this year,

‘I definitely want to experiment and try new things. I want to make my own way and am really passionate about photography. I love being behind the camera. I’m working on a coffee table book of my photography that I’ll be releasing later this year,” he said

Robert concluded by encouraging his fans to “love, respect and coexist with these remarkable modern dinosaurs.”

Steve, known to millions around the world as ‘the Crocodile Hunter’, died on September 4, 2006 at the age of 44 after being stabbed in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland.

After his death, Steve’s family, including his children Robert and Bindi, widow Terri and son-in-law Chandler Powell, continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast.

It comes after Robert paid tribute to his father on World Crocodile Day by sharing a photo to Instagram of him recently feeding a crocodile at Australia Zoo, alongside a photo of his father doing the same many years ago

It comes after Robert paid tribute to his father on World Crocodile Day by sharing a photo to Instagram of him recently feeding a crocodile at Australia Zoo, alongside a photo of his father doing the same many years ago

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