The Langkawi RainforestAid.org has been fostering a new kind of conservation movement that fills people with hope. It begins with a positive, science-based vision for wildlife, people, and nature in the 21st century.
It takes all kinds to create a vision, provide the science to make it happen and implement a national conservation initiative. In a nutshell, We are a group of conservationist working with scientists, communicators, scientific advisors, and valued members nationwide.
Irshad is a Malaysian of mixed parental heritage. His interest in nature was instilled in him at a very young age by his farther. Originally trained as a banker and working in Kuala Lumpur in a major banking institution. After five years of banking, realizing that banking was not his cup of tea, he resigned and bummed for three years along the beaches and islands of Malaysian.
After reconnecting with nature, he realized that conservation was his true calling. Inspired by the lives and deeds of pioneer naturalists and explorers such as the legendary Alfred Russel Wallace, he has devoted his life to helping ordinary people unlock the mysteries of the natural world.
He arrived in Langkawi about fifteen years ago, fell in love with its natural beauty and knew that conservation and education was the only way to insure it is protected for the future. There has been no turning back since then. Specializes in wildlife tours on Langkawi and nearby islands, with a focus on the Natural History of birds, plants , butterflies , rainforest fauna as well as marine fauna,
Irshad also appeared in a number of international documentaries such as National Geographic Channel’s ‘Mysteries of the Malaysian Rainforest’. That documentary was the first ever to record on film the courtship ritual of the Great Hornbills, in which a trio of Great Hornbill males engage in a titanic clash of beaks to court a female in waiting.
The most recent a short docu-ad that was aired on Discovery Channel (“The Wedding Ceremony of the White Bellied Sea Eagle”). His most recent TV appearance is with Ian Wright from Globe Trekker and currently shown in travel and living channel. Irshad had also attended a short stint at the British Muzium of Natural History under the tutelage of Prof. Bernard D’Abrera.
Furthermore, his most recent high profile public appearance was on TEDxWWF talks in Singapore , where he was the only Malaysian invited to address a ‘live’ audience, which was broadcast around the globe.
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, or interest in, Natural History. He currently conducts regular interpretive tours for The Datai hotel. His tours are both informative and entertaining.
“What I hope to achieve on my walks is to show to the people that the forest is a living community of interactive and interdependent relationships. Not unlike our own relationships in our cities in our homes and among our families and friends. If we can win their hearts then we can win their minds and have a friend of nature for life. And when they leave for home I hope to have inspired them to make positive adjustment to help nature.”
For his important contribution to the preservation of nature on Langkawi, he was awarded a grant by Khazanah National Fellowship. Irshad is also president of EcoMy – Malaysia Ecotourism & Conservation Society. In 2007, Irshad Mobarak, our very own Jungle-Wallah of Langkawi was announced as one of the DiGi Amazing Malaysians Awards 2007 for his work in preserving Langkawi Nature.