Robert Irwin’s girlfriend Rorie Buckey announces surprising career move

Robert Irwin’s girlfriend is joining the Irwin family business.

Rorie Buckey announced on Instagram on Wednesday evening that she has started working at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland – the conservation park Robert runs with his mum Terri and sister Bindi.

In her Instagram post, 19-year-old Rorie – who is reportedly studying a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Perth’s Curtin University – said she would be furthering her studies by researching crocodiles at Australia Zoo.

“I am honoured to be part of groundbreaking research on crocodiles in remote North Queensland,” she captioned a photo of herself wearing the signature Australia Zoo khaki uniform.

“Working with the University of Queensland and Australia Zoo is profoundly rewarding and I am so grateful to be alongside such inspiring individuals. This data is helping to conserve a keystone species and the habitat that supports them!”

Further to her announcement, Rorie updated her Instagram bio to say “Wildlife Warrior”, just like her boyfriend.

The pair have reportedly been dating for one year but only made their relationship public in July at the Sydney red carpet premiere of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.

They also walked another red carpet recently, attending the GQ Men of the Year Awards earlier this month.

Although it was Robert who was being honoured with GQ’s Social Force of the Year award, he only had praise for his girlfriend.

He told news.com.au on the red carper that while his life is “awesome” at the moment, there’s one person in particular who helps make things “that much sweeter”.

“I think life is awesome for me every single second of every day,” said the TV star.

“But when love is part of life, every single thing is so much sweeter, so much nicer, and you take that time to enjoy every single moment. We are extremely happy.”

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