about us

Our Story and Our People

Irshad Mobarak is one of Malaysia’s most celebrated naturalists with over 26 years experience in the field. A former banker, Irshad is a strong advocate for the conservation of Langkawi’s fragile natural heritage. In early 1994 he set up Junglewalla with the help of his best friend’s and mentor Miles Baddeley (Wildlife for the Future-UK). Irshad’s main objective is to educate and inspire people to experience Langkawi’s rich natural history. As pioneer in of Eco-Tourism in Langkawi, he develop a series of ” Junglewalla’s  Signature Tours” that has shaped Langkawi’s nature tourism today.


In 2005, Irshad Mobarak and Sri Sari, united by their love for birds, founded JungleWalla Tours with a steadfast dedication to offering enjoyable, secure, and environmentally conscious tours. As avid birdwatchers themselves, integrating leisure with their profession adds a unique joy to clients’ experiences.


Junglewalla Outings are conducted by a group of dedicated and passionate nature guides selectively chosen and trained by Irshad Mobarak himself.  We have a team of passionate nature guides that match the culture and spirit of Junglewalla.  Ongoing in house training lead by Irshad Mubarak continually encourage the team to keep on upgrading and striving to improve everyone knowledge and skills.  Junglewalla’s commitment to excellence has built reputation as the region’s premiere nature tour operators and work closely with many of the leading hotels in the region to provide nature tours for their guests.

Shaaban Arshad
Shaaban Arshad | Lead Naturalist

Shaaban comes from a family well-known for their knowledge as traditional Herbalist and Medicine men. Shaaban has inherited much of his family knowledge and has an intimate knowledge of the rainforest and jungle. As a young man he used this knowledge of the rainforest to earn income by collecting herbs to treat the patients that visit his father….more on Shaban

Francis Samuel | Lead Naturalist

Francis has been in the Hospitality industry holding various post  from Cost Controller and work his way up as Hotel General Manager for over 30 years. He join Junglewalla team in 2007. On his tours, Francis ensure that guests come away from our activities, thoroughly enjoying themselves and armed with valuable information. Francis wealth of knowledge and expertise are so well-known in Langkawi that he is currently also holding the post as teacher/trainer at Langkawi Tourism Academy. 

Azri Hussain | Operation Manager

Azri is Junglewalla Manager currently running Junglewalla’s day-today operation at the main office in Jalan Tanjung Rhu. 

He love to design  and customizing an outing. For team building and company outing activities,  Azri is our go-to-guy. 

And the rest of the team that ensure every trip is as safe, well organized  and memorable as can be while  experiencing Langkawi’s rich natural history.