British wildlife expert joins forces with Datai Langkawi’s resident naturalistAccompanied by the resort’s resident naturalist Irshad Mobarak, Nigel will host a series of educational talks and excursions in The Datai’s rainforest. The 8am ‘Forest awakening’ and 7pm ‘Rainforest after dark’ walks will enable attendees to see the rainforest in two very different light. The three ‘Jungle Voices’ talks on the resort’s beach will focus ...
Malaysia: City v beachWe were led on a nature walk through the resort and neighbouring forest by renowned naturalist Irshad Mobarak who pointed out that, despite its diminutive size, the small island has 530 species of butterfly compared to the UK’s 66. Resting on a rock next to a trickling stream with nothing but the sound of cicadas ...
Trouble in paradise: Langkawi struggles to hold onto Unesco geopark status“All issues are a problem of enforcement,” says Irshad Mobarak, a former banker who is now owner of eco-tour agency Jungle Walla. “Unesco requested LADA to employ geopark wardens, who would be clearly identifiable in marked vehicles and uniforms, to manage nature-based activities. The wardens have no authority. So all they can do is take ...
David Bellamy goes back to natureFive yards away, Irshad Mobarak breathes deeply and prepares to play devil’s advocate. “In the business world, this would be fully understood,” he muses, arm extended, tracing the long shape of the arboreal aggressor to his left. “Just think of it as a hostile takeover.”
Malaysia’s Natural WondersArticle by oryxinflightmagazine.com
on 19 November 2014
published by Oryx inflight Magazine
As Malaysia’s favourite celebritynaturalist, Mobarak is known to TV viewers as ‘The Junglewalla’ (see junglewalla.com). We’re walking through the rainforest at Datai Bay on Langkawi’s north coast watching
one of the world’s most unusual creatures, the flying lemur, as it flails across the canopy with all the finesse
of a hurled coal-sack.
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Biograph of Irshad MobarakIrshad Mobarak has been a keen naturalist since his childhood. Inspired by the lives and deeds of pioneer naturalists and explorers such as the legendary Alfred Russel Wallace and the renowned botanist , writer and environmental campaigner , Professor David Bellamy, Irshad left his banking career and walked down the path of Natural History.
Our Man In Langkawi – Irshad MobarakArticle by Open Skies http://www.openskiesmagazine.com
On 22 October 2014
Images by Mark Eveleigh
Known affectionately as the ‘Junglewalla’, the founder of Natural History Tours, TV personality and Malaysia’s best-known naturalist and conservationist believes that only nature can show us the way.
Read More at Open Skies – Langkawi
A Flying VisitAlthough not much bigger than the Isle of Wight, Malaysia’s Langkawi Island is home to an array of unique wildlife, including flying lemurs..
10 Minutes with Irshad MobarakNaturalist Irshad Mobarak has consulted for and appeared in international documentaries such as National Geographic Channel’s Mysteries of the Malaysian Rainforest. RACHEL AJ LEE chats with the passionate birder and conservationist.
Rainforest DwellingFrom deep within the rainforests of Langkawi, a peak of sandstone rises that’s one of the oldest in South-East Asia. It’s called Gunung Machinchang and is a mountain that’s been at battle with its nemesis, Gunung Raya, for millennia.
Langkawi: Getting Back to NatureLanguid and laid-back, the island destination of Langkawi offers considerably more than the usual sand and sea associated with such holiday retreats. Travel photojournalist David Bowden explores the wilder side of Langkawi and finds it an ideal place to get back to nature.
Best Tourist Guide – Langkawi Tourism Awards 2013/14Congratulation to Irshad Mobarak for the recognition as Best Tourist Guide at Langkawi Tourism Awards 2013/14.
This year LADA organized the fourth the Langkawi Tourism Awards (LITA) on 6 December 2014 held at Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) next to the Langkawi International Airport.
Langkawi Hosts Aeromeet 2013The eight-day event is a travel trade meet organised for the Americas, Europe and Oceania (AERO) markets to introduce Malaysia’s tourism products and attractions. It aims to reinforce Malaysia’s tourism promotions in these markets, besides establishing a stronger tie with its foreign travel trade partners.
Wake on the wild side‘‘Welcome to the jungle, miss! It’s a gecko.’’ As the massage continues and the sun sets, a bird starts up – one of the island’s many, I learn. It’s a cacophony of wildlife tunes with a background beat of breaking waves. It’s brilliant. Suddenly I understand why people stay at The Andaman on Malaysia’s Langkawi, ...
Langkawi – Gunung RayaAnimate, engaging and humourous, Irshad grips you with stories of the jungle and talks about every critter, bird, insect and plant like family. He towers over us with his large build, which is an apt size for his larger-than-life mission to protect Langkawi’s natural heritage.
Immerse In natureLangkawi situated just off the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia comprises a group of 104 tropical islands during the low tides and 99 Island during the high tides. The main island Langkawi, is 47. 848 Hectare followed by Pulau Dayang Bunting and Pulau Tuba while some of the others appear to be mere dots in ...
Experiencing Langkawi’s Natural BeautyClad in lush tropical rainforests and surrounded by stunning turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, Langkawi is a treasure trove for nature lovers. Langkawi has been conferred with the Geopark status by UNESCO in 2007 for its beautiful geological history dating as far back as 500-million years.
Malaysian FootnoteJust to prove that I am working in bed, I’ve been tinkering with this article today…
As the peaceful surface of the river started to shudder, I moved out from under the boat’s shelter to feel the refreshing bursts of large, warm raindrops on my skin.
Adventure into NatureA rapidly growing aspect of tourism is nature. Dubbed ecotourism, it is a timely effort towards preserving the natural heritage and environment of tourist destinations. It is also a smart move as more and more major tourist destinations are losing their appeal along with the attractions they advertise.
All walks of LifeHe’s been on TV and works out of an exclusive resort area. He also set up the first eco tourism programme for Langkawi together with the late Miles Baddeley. Irshad Mobarak really is committed to Langkawi and sharing an appreciation for its natural wonders.
A Walk to Remember“Langkawi is one of the most ravishing places in southeast Asia and is already being talked of as a rising star, yet it is still a hideaway where insiders come to revel in the ecological diversity and to drop out of sight in a handful of five–star hotels.
Jobs of JoyRelish a life of adventure, help change the world and . . . get paid for it! StarWeekend looks into dream jobs.
YOU’VE got a dream job!” friends exclaim.
The Staunch DisbelieversBomohGlossary of Malaysian ghosts:
Pontianak or kuntilanak – A type of vampire in Malay folklore.
Langsuir – A version of pontianak but said to be the deadliest banshee in Malay folklore.
What the Experience Guide Said“This green badge programme is a good basic foundation for guides but they have to take it to the next level with field experience, observation and also learning from experienced guides,” said Irshad Mobarak, 46, a naturalist and nature guide in Langkawi Island with 15 years of guiding experience.
Dedicated CustodiansIndividuals who come from diverse backgrounds but share a common bond in being guardians of the nation’s heritage are this year’s Amazing Malaysians.
Tourism can Soar with BirdsKUALA TERENGGANU: It’s time the tourism industry cast an eagle eye on the northern frontier to promote bird-watching.
While Taman Negara, Pahang, and Fraser’s Hill are popular havens for bird watchers, several spots in the northern states have equally good potential for such activities.
Amazing Malaysian AwardsThe five Amazing Malaysians selected for their brilliant heritage programmes are (from left) Irshad, Pak Saad, Joan, Judeth and Voon Fee. Be amazed at what they do. DEBRA CHONG and SU AZIZ write on the aspirations of five outstanding individuals.
Enjoying the WildOne of Malaysia’s most accessible and beautiful tropical islands, Pulau Langkawi’s sun-drenched tropical climate, white powdered and black volcanic beaches, and welcoming people make it a popular tourist destination. However, there’s more to Langkawi life than beach-bumming, as Rowena Forbes discovered…
Junglewallah Pulihara Alam SekitarProgram DiGi Telecommunications Disertai 20 Pelajar Sekolah Sekitar Langkawi Teroka Hutan Simpan Gunung Machinchang. Langkawi : Pemuliharaan hutan bukan saja membantu menyediakan kehidupan yang lebih sempurna, malah dapat mengekalkan khazanah flora dan fauna serta alam semulajadi lain untuk diwarisi generasi akan datang.
Langkawi’s New GrooveAs a young boy, Irshad Mobarak often accompanied his father into the wilderness.
“Those were the best times of my life, and the love for nature became ingrained in me,’’ says Irshad, the ninth child in a family of 10.
Going green in LangkawiParts of Pulau Langkawi just got greener, with fruit-bearing trees being recently planted to nurture wildlife.
Three HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd staff members – Jennifer Leong, Leong Li Yim and Kee Thuan Lye – got the project off with help from Langkawi nature tour group Natural History Expeditions and Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)
Nurturing young environmentalistsFrom a seed planted six months ago, a group of young environmentalists are, today, taking charge of their island home.
THERE were no stars that night but the children dazzled. Fully charged, 100 of them recited poems, sang songs and danced on the beach, marking the completion of an environmental programme and the start of a ...
Students Fall in Love with WildlifeThey learn to plant saplings the correct way. About 100 primary and secondary students in Langkawi fell in love with the wildlife after spending their weekends jungle-trekking on the island with naturalist Irshad Mobarak. And this went for six months.
Sedili KecilHe held the mud crab still with his bare feet whilst deftly tying up the claws with a length of pink raffia. Job done, the fisherman tossed his catch into a bucket. On our request the second fisherman sorted us out half a dozen choice crabs and a bargain was done. Our two boats parted ...
Consumptionomics“Green growth” has recently become a popular topic. Can we go “green” simply through a combination of technology, finance and free markets, or are we avoiding the real issues? Do “green” and “growth” always go together? Central to the notion of growth is “more”. If we are talking about finite resources and its limitations, how ...
Langkawi: Heaven of Ecotourism and Travel AdventureIn Langkawi a nature adventure had a true-blue naturalist as their guide. The guides name is Irshad Mobarak. Dubbed the Jungle-wallah (Jungle-fellow) of Langkawi he is perfect for the job as he possesses vast knowledge about Langkawis wildlife, gleaned from years of trekking and observation of its jungles, mangroves and wildlife.
Travel: The jungles of MalaysiaA little luxury, a little adventure: that was what I wanted from a holiday in Malaysia. The country’s appeal had taken hold years back when I had read about the “Jungle Line” train that runs north-east from Kuala Lumpur through spectacular mountains and rainforest.
Filled with Natural Wonders“There are 10 hornbill species in Kedah,” he said, adding that five years ago, an astonishing 142 Great Hornbills were seen at one location, creating a national record for Langkawi.
He said Langkawi boasted more than 226 species of birds and in the last decade, was popular among bird watchers from Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, ...
Langkawi: Call of the JungleAs the sun rises on the Malaysian island of Langkawi, the rainforest starts to talk. You can join the conversation during a 90-minute-long Rainforest Awakening Tour with Junglewalla, a local adventure tour company.
Resolving To Find The Beast Within“After five years of banking I realized this is not what I want to do,” said Mobarak, whose sister is my friend in Maine. Mobarak concedes some people may want to be bankers and “that’s fine.” But Mobarak found “I had this connection to nature …I really wanted to get back to.”
Tourism in Malaysia :Tioman IslandThe Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort, The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort and the soon-to-be-opened Four Points by Sheraton Langkawi planted 1,000 trees that are native to the island. The activity, organised in conjunction with Earth Day 2011, was participated in by over 200 members of the management and associates of ...
Lush, Luxe LangkawiWe rise with the sun to meet Irshad Mobarak, clad in jungle camouflage, Irshad, who runs an outfit called JungleWalla Tours, regularly leads complimentary bird-watching treks for guests of The Datai. When I grouse about having to get up so early, he explains that eight in the morning is already midday in the rain forest. ...
The EcologistIrshad Mobarak, a self-taught naturalist and environmentalist from the Malaysian island of Langkawi says that development need not mean destruction.
It’s a simple equation: cleared forests equal cleared hotel rooms.
Tourism is a double-edged sword in Langkawi. With its turquoise seas and white beaches, 80 per cent of the economy of this Malaysian archipelago of 99 islands ...
Langkawi: Heaven of Ecotourism and Travel AdventureSome people think the beauty of Langkawi lies in its pristine beaches. Others like the duty-free shopping. But Irshad and his team of naturalists at Natural History Tours reckon that the edge Langkawi has over places like Bali and Phuket is its jungle and wildlife.
The Jungle-Wallah of LangkawiIrshad Mobarak, also known as “The Jungle-Wallah of Langkawi”, is well known for his passion and enthusiasm towards nature and the environment. “CARROL LAWRENCE” tells us about a self taught naturalist who has dedicated his time to promote conservation on Langkawi Island off the northwestern coast of Peninsula Malaysia.
Tropensatte TageKeine Bettenburgen, keine Partymeile, keine Strandpromenade. Stattdessen staksen Reiher über den weißen Sand, und hinter dem Hotel beginnt der 400 Jahre alte Regenwald. Die malaysische Insel Langkawi hat sich dem Ökotourismus verschrieben
Der Mann ist nicht nur höllisch attraktiv, er hat auch einen sechsten Sinn. Jedenfalls sieht er ständig etwas, was wir nicht sehen. Irshad Mobarak ...
Mangroves, birds, flying squirrels and flying lemurs!We were fortunate to have Irshad as our guide. His passion as a conservationist really came out as he generously shared his extensive knowledge about the environment, the mangroves, birds, animals, and plants of Langkawi. He was entertaining as well, e.g. when he went into how the sea eagles find their mate for life!
A true-blue naturalistLangkawi’s wildlife is now in danger of extinction due to habitat segmentation and in-breeding. A man dubbed ‘The Jungle-Wallah’ by DiGi’s Amazing Malaysian 2007 project is helping to arrest this problem.
THE crowd of primary and secondary school children gathered on a recent weekend at the Berjaya Resort and Spa Langkawi for a nature adventure had ...
Langkawi InitiativeThere is an increasing emphasis on the eco tourism potential of Malaysia’s Langkawi Island. We recognize this, but the island is at watershed, it is in danger of losing the very attractions the eco tourists come for, the rainforest, the limestone forest, the mangrove forest and all its wildlife. We need to take immediate steps ...
Call for stringent testing firstIn Alor Star, conservationist Irshad Mobarak said the project could endanger birds, bats and marine life in and around the area. Irshad, the Malaysian Nature Society representative on the island, said the proposed project would be in a major coral area. “Some 30 per cent of coral in the area has been damaged,” he said. ...
The Plight of Sea EagleMemories of the holiday we took in February have to jogged by some out of focus snaps, souvenirs skulking in drawers, having never found a suitable shelf or wall to display them on. The guilt is gone for never having contacted the couple we spent practically every day on the beach with or the ...
Naturalist Par ExcellenceBuilt like an American football player, Irshad Mobarak has commanding presence, but is really a gentle giant.
For the past 12 years, he has presided as resident Naturalist at The Datai. This is Langkawi’s most exclusive hotel, renowned for its architectural design which merges the built and natural environments so seamlessly it is difficult to know ...
The Arden NaturalistMeet Irshad Mobarak, a consummate naturalist at the Datai, Langkawi, who delights in passing on his knowledge and skill to nature lovers.If changing the cat litter is the closest encounter you’ve had with animals, head for Langkawi. More specifically, head for the northern tip of the island where you are likely to find Irshad Mobarak.
Forest TrumpThe brigadier’s eyebrows went up and a smile crept across his face when I told him I was thinking of visiting the Langkawi archipelago, a group of more than 100 mainly uninhabited islands off the north western coast of the Malaysian peninsula.
He said he’d just had his best‑ever holiday there, and advised me to stay ...
Banking on Eco TourismIrshad is fast becoming a local naturalist icon based on his experience of working with almost all the resorts here and his detailed knowledge. He strongly believes in the preservation of our eco‑system and lives by the principle that man should co-exist with and not dominate nature.
Malaysian Eco WarriorThe Malaysian island of Langkawi needs all the eco help it can get, as new hotels spring up along the coastline and the mass tourism descends. Enter Irshad Mobarak, 39 a sort of one man band in the cause of conservation on Langkawi.His small company leads guided rainforest tours. Good humoured and articulate. Irshad first ...
Edge of DarknessIt came from an unexpected quarter. Joining the hotel’s free tour of the local rainforest, I was struck by the eloquence of our guide, a tall Indian Malaysian named Irshad Mobarak, as his electric torch unerringly lit up birds, glowing mushroom and creatures that crept through the dripping forest. Suddenly a jagged shape dripping ...
My Very Own Swamp0n the Malaysian island of Langkawi, there is some corner of a foreign field that is forever ‑ mine. Early one morning I set out with a naturalist, Irshad Mobarak, to replant some of the local flora. We skimmed up the Kilim river by boat, heading deep into the rainforest, with limestone cliffs towering above, ...
Reserve PsychologyThese days, Langkawi has been given the green light for some dramatic restructuring of the environment. In the corner of the island, however, Sina Maran Tadun finds that it is still possible to take a walk on the wild side.
Forest HideawayA fusion of eco‘tourism and luxury make The Datai Resort, situated in 1800 acres of primary rain forest on North‘west Langkawi, the most talked about resort development in Southeast Asia. Sceptical of the developer’s claims I joined six other guests on an early morning forest walk led by the Datai’s resident naturalist, Irshad.
Bond with NatureIrshad Mobarak doesn’t look quite like what an “evangelist” should. Tall, tanned and hunky, he would probably be more at home in a Steven Seagal type movie than waxing lyrical about the lush greenery which surrounds The Datai.