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Resident Naturalist

Irshad Mobarak has been a keen naturalist since childhood. Inspired by the lives and deeds of pioneer naturalists and explorers, Irshad left a banking career and has, since then, devoted his life to helping ordinary people unlock the mysteries of the natural world. He is driven by a passion for educating others on the delicate, symbiotic relationship between animals, plants and man.

Irshad has been a naturalist, conservationist and educator for the past 25 years. He has appeared in a number of international documentaries such as National Geographic’s Mysteries of the Malaysian Rainforest, Toby Amies’s The Rough Guide – Trips of a Lifetime and projects for the Discovery Channel. He also participated in TEDxWorld Wildlife Fund talks in Singapore.

For his important contribution to the preservation of nature on Langkawi he was awarded the Amazing Malaysian Award in 2007 and subsequently empowered a group of schoolchildren to replant trees in a local park.

When not in the field, Irshad consults and lectures on birds, biogeography, conservation and other elements of island natural history to a wide audience, ranging from school children to corporate figures, naturalists, scientists and others with a love of natural history. He conducts daily nature walks in the rainforest for The Datai Langkawi and leads a team of top naturalists and marine biologists.