Naturalist – Conservationist – Educator
Irshad Mobarak has been a keen naturalist since childhood. Inspired by the lives and deeds of pioneer naturalists and explorers such as the legendary Alfred Russel Wallace and renowned botanist, writer and environmental campaigner Professor David Bellamy, Irshad left his banking career and walked down the path of Natural History.
Deeply moved by the plight of the animals and plant world and the perilous relationship they have with man, Irshad Mobarak decided to devote his life to helping more people to discover the mysteries of the natural world. To help achieve this, he founded Natural History Tours, a company which specializes in wildlife tours in Langkawi and nearby islands, with the main focus on the natural history of birds, plants, butterflies, rainforest fauna, and also marine fauna. He also undertakes the training of budding naturalists and conservationists and is himself an active participant on scientific expeditions.
With an illustrious career spanning over 25 years, Irshad has also appeared in a number of international documentaries such as National Geographic Channel’s ‘Mysteries of the Malaysian Rainforest’. The documentary was the first ever to record on film the courtship rituals of the Great Hornbills, in which a trio of male great hornbills engaged in a titanic clash of beaks to court a female in waiting.
Irshad Mobarak was featured in a short vignette on Discovery Channel’s’ The Wedding Ceremony of the White Bellied Sea Eagle’. He appeared with Ian Wright, the popular host from ‘Globe Trekker’, which was aired on the ‘Travel and Living’ Channel, and also featured with another popular TV travel host, Toby Amies in the documentary entitled ‘The Rough Guide – Trips of a Lifetime’. Irshad was also featured in a documentary advertisement for Tourism Malaysia, which was also aired on the National Geographic Channel.