In his nature: Top naturalist Irshad Mobarak releases his first book on discovering Langkawi

Celebrated naturalist Irshad Mobarak knows how to tell a good story, writes Elena Koshy “LET me tell you a story,” begins Irshad Mobarak to a captive audience. And tell you a story he does, painting a vivid tale about a pair of Great Hornbills, where imageries of love,

British wildlife expert joins forces with Datai Langkawi’s resident naturalist

Accompanied 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 on Marven’s career.

Precious mangroves in Langkawi Geopark illegally destroyed

Irshad said queries made to the Langkawi Development Authority (Lada) revealed the State Forest Department had given the green light to Sentoria Langkawi Sdn Bhd on April 27, 2015 to develop the area.

Malaysia: City v beach

We 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 for distraction, I could practically feel my blood pressure falling.

David Bellamy goes back to nature

Five 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 Wonders

Article by on 19 November 2014 published by Oryx inflight Magazine As Malaysia’s favourite celebritynaturalist, Mobarak is known to TV viewers as...

Biograph of Irshad Mobarak

Irshad 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.

A Flying Visit

Although not much bigger than the Isle of Wight, Malaysia’s Langkawi Island is home to an array of unique wildlife, including flying lemurs..

Our Man In Langkawi – Irshad Mobarak

Article by Open Skies On 22 October 2014 Images by Mark Eveleigh  Known affectionately as the ‘Junglewalla’, the founder of Natural History...

10 Minutes with Irshad Mobarak

Naturalist 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.

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 pictures and report, and that reporting just ends up back in the bureaucratic circle.

From the beach to Beach Street, creature comforts in Malaysia and Thailand

Symbiosis, commensalism, mutualism, parasitism. It’s all been going on here in this rainforest for at least 10 million years.” It’s eight o’clock in the morning and Irshad Mobarak is just getting into his stride.

Why Langkawi is a haven for the wild at heart

Article by Tigertales Asia on January – Feb 2015 Why Langkawi is a haven for the wild at heart: tiger tales...

Rainforest Dwelling

From 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 Nature

Languid 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.