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August 22nd, 2012 12:42pm EDT

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Rocker Slash teamed up with Steve Irwin's father to launch a wildlife foundation in Australia on Wednesday.

The former Guns N' Roses star helped Irwin's father Bob officially unveil the Bob Irwin Wildlife Conservation Foundation at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia.

Slash is a long-time animal lover and once famously owned a large collection of snakes and other reptiles, but let them go after becoming a father.

He first met Bob Irwin at the Soundwave music festival in Australia in 2010 and they bonded over their shared passion for wildlife - so the star decided to help with the launch of the new organization, which aims to educate children about animals.

The rocker told reporters at the launch, "He brought some animals down to Soundwave so we got to actually meet, so I was really starstruck... Ever since I can remember from childhood I've liked snakes and reptiles and animals in general. But snakes in particular."

Irwin adds, "The best thing about this guy is he's right into conservation and I love him."

Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin died 2006 after a fatal encounter with a stingray while filming a documentary at the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia.

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