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Junglewalla’s Signature Tours

Mangrove River Cruise and Swimming Tour

Mangrove River Cruise and Swimming Tour

Langkawi Mangrove River Cruise, Lunch at local malay family house and a refreshing swim in a natural jungle swimming pool.
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Geopark Mangrove Cruise

Geopark Mangrove Cruise

This excursion is the most highly recommended trip while you are in Langkawi. Join our guide on this most memorable outing of the best Langkawi has to offer and take home lasting impressions of this magical place.
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Kayaking & Swimming Adventure

Kayaking & Swimming Adventure

For the more energetic among us we can head to Kubang Badak River for some Kayaking. Depending on the tidal conditions we will either begin at the coast and end up river or begin upriver and end down at the coast.
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Birdwatching Morning

Birdwatching Morning

Langkawi is home to approximately 226 species of birds, of which about one third are migrants. These migrants winter here between the months of September and April. This tour is suitable for both the serious birder and the birding enthusiast.
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Birdwatching Afternoon

Birdwatching Afternoon

Langkawi is home to approximately 226 species of birds, of which about one third are migrants. These migrants winter here between the months of September and April. This tour is suitable for both the serious birder and the birding enthusiast.
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Birdwatching 2 Days

Birdwatching 2 Days

Langkawi has a rich diversity of ecosystems and habitat types. This includes lowland broadleaf rainforest, mangrove forest, reed beds, rice paddies, orchards, scrublands and mudflats. This therefore ensures a correspondingly rich diversity in birdlif...
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Jungle Trekking

Jungle Trekking

Langkawi lowland rainforest contains numerous specialized and endemic floras and fauna that can be found nowhere else in the world. Within these unique habitats, a fragile world of interdependence has evolved.
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Family Trekking

Family Trekking

Langkawi lowland rainforest contain numerous specialized and endemic floras and fauna that can be found nowhere else in the world.
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Rainforest Afterdark

Rainforest Afterdark

As the day draws to a close and the night begins to envelope it, a myriad of amazing and unique creatures begin to stir and come alive to start the night shift.
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Escorted Nature & Wildlife Photography

Escorted Nature & Wildlife Photography

For the passionate nature and wildlife photographer we know when and where to be, putting you in the best place to capture nature scenes.
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Southern Island Geopark Tour

Southern Island Geopark Tour

Geo Park: Life on the Brink. This tour takes us to the south of Langkawi where we take a boat and explore some of the most beautiful seascapes Malaysia has to offer.
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Climbing Mt.Matchinchang

Climbing Mt.Matchinchang

This climbing is suitable for those who want get experience of the magnificent rainforest that give you greatest memorable beautiful scenery.
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Junglewalla’s Team Building

Naturalist’s log

The many flora and fauna we encounter during our excursions

The cuties of Langkawi

The cuties of Langkawi

The Dusky leaf monkey or a spectacled langur (Trachypithecus obscurus) is one of Langkawi resident primates. This monkey has a dark grey fur, large circles ring on each eyes that giving the appearance like eyeglasses with a fur crowning its head, white surrounding its mouth and creamy white colouring on its stomach. The newborn baby…

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The Ultimate Jurassic Plant (Cycad)

The Ultimate Jurassic Plant (Cycad)

Cycads are an ancient group of seed plants survive to this modern day from the Triassic period. It is one of the rare plants that still survived over million years ago since the time of dinosaur. Although they looked like palms or ferns, they are actually not related to either.

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Cicada Exoskeleton

Cicada Exoskeleton

A strange bug that is sitting motionless in the picture above actually is uses to be a part of cicada body. It is a exoskseleton of cicadas that called ‘exuviae’. Exoskeleton is one of the things that will remain behinds after all the insect undergo moulting process.

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Brown-winged kingfisher

Brown-winged kingfisher

This brown-winged kingfisher is a species of bird in the family Alcedinidae and mostly found in subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

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Long-tailed macaque

Long-tailed macaque

Long-tailed macaques are ecologically diverse and in Malaysia we can see a group of them in coastal lowland forests and the swamp forests.

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Fiddler crab

Fiddler crab

Besides looked on mangroves plant, here also we can see few species of fauna that live in this mangrove regions. One of them is fiddler crab, which are small crustaceans with a distinctive claw.

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Mysterious Mangrove

Mysterious Mangrove

Along the Kubang Badak river, we can see the mangrove forest, there are 3 types of common mangrove species we can see; Rhizophora sp., Avicennia sp., and also Sonneratia sp. Mangrove forest plants grow closer densely to each other and compete to get sunlight for photosynthesis process. Rhizophora sp. is different from Sonneratia sp. and…

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Kubang Badak River

Kubang Badak River

Kubang Badak is one of the gazetted Unesco Geopark areas dominated by the low-lying estuary of the Sungai Kubang Badak. Associated flat coastal plain, mangrove forests, intertidal sand and mudflats.

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Partnership with Global Rescue

Partnership with Global Rescue

JungleWalla is excited to announce its new partnership with Global Rescue, the leading provider of medical advisory, field rescue and medical evacuation services.

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Langkawi; Against Illegal Mist Nets

Langkawi; Against Illegal Mist Nets

The practice of trapping and killing birds might be slowly dying out in Langkawi with the new generation less interested on having birds as pets, so hopefully in the not too distant future illegal mist nets will be a thing of the past in Langkawi.

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Colugos bye bye

Colugos bye bye

Its been a long 9 days since we have the colugos in our care now. Mama colugo was so impatient and she no longer want to hang out in the basket, cage, tree trunk and the room.

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Colugo – hang in there!

My sister said she would be the best person to take care of them. She looked after a civet-cat before and the animal live, thrives and rehabilitated.

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Colugos Day 3

Colugos Day 3

We managed to get a good car with fully air condition and planning to take colugos to the vet.

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Looking after Colugo – Day 2 & 3

Looking after Colugo – Day 2 & 3

This morning mum colugo looks more aware of the surrounding but still is not moving much. When I open the box, baby was on top of mum, looked at me and quickly hide under mums.

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Mum and baby Colugo

Mum and baby Colugo

At about 4 pm I received a called from The Datai villa manager, his staff found an injured “bat with a baby attach to it” at the beach villa. I asked how is the bat face look like?; a dog or a flat face Persian cat?.

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Capturing the Magnificence of Malaysia’s Birds

Capturing the Magnificence of Malaysia’s Birds

With more than 700 species of beautiful birds to grace Malaysia’s picturesque islands, travelers from all around the world are not only enticed to visit the region and experience the adventure of a lifetime, but are eager to capture visions of paradise by either brushstroke or lens.

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Legends and Folklore of the Malaysian Birds

Legends and Folklore of the Malaysian Birds

Gazing upwards into the serene skies of the Malaysian coast, flocks of vibrant colours soar across rugged shores and balmy forests, distant calls echoing as twilight approaches.

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Natural History Field Course series

Natural History Field Course series

This exciting field course will be facilitated by 2 seasoned birdwatchers from Malaysian Nature Society (MNS). With over 20 years of field experience between them, theory sessions will be supplemented with field and visual techniques.

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Termite the Wood Devour

Termite the Wood Devour

Every day somewhere in the rainforest, a natural swarm cycles happen. Winged reproductive (young kings and queens) out of the nest to mate and form a new colony.

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Going green in Langkawi

Going green in Langkawi

Parts of Pulau Langkawi just got greener, with fruit-bearing trees being
recently planted to nurture wildlife.

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Nurturing young environmentalists

Nurturing young environmentalists

Nurturing young environmentalists.

From a seed planted six months ago, a group of young environmentalists are, today, taking charge of their island home.

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Students Fall in Love with Wildlife

Students Fall in Love with Wildlife

They learn to plant saplings the correct way. About 100 primary and secondary students in Langkawi fell in love with the wildlife after spending their weekends jungle-trekking on the island with naturalist Irshad Mobarak.
And this went for six months.

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Junglewallah Pulihara Alam Sekitar

Junglewallah Pulihara Alam Sekitar

Program DiGi Telecommunications Disertai 20 Pelajar Sekolah Sekitar Langkawi Teroka Hutan Simpan Gunung Machinchang. Langkawi : Pemuliharaan hutan bukan saja membantu menyediakan kehidupan yang lebih sempurna, malah dapat mengekalkan khazanah flora dan fauna serta alam semulajadi lain untuk diwarisi generasi akan datang.

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Tropensatte Tage

Tropensatte Tage

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A true-blue naturalist

A true-blue naturalist

Langkawi’s wildlife is now in danger of extinction due to habitat segmentation and in-breeding. A man dubbed ‘The Jungle-Wallah’ by DiGi’s Amazing Malaysian 2007 project is helping to arrest this problem.

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Birdwatching Keysites

Birdwatching Keysites

North Malaya Keysites

We have designed our itinerary so as the travel time between most sites will not exceed 3 to 4 hours. We usually keep to the most scenic route so as you may enjoy the countryside. At times along the way we will stop for birding breaks. Our groups will be small and vehicle-comfortable.

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Malaysian eco warrior

Malaysian eco warrior

London Evening Standard – Friday, 5th February 1999 PAUL MANSFEELD awards five Stars to a Malaysian eco warrior. The Malaysian island of Langkawi needs all the eco help it can get, as new hotels spring up along the coastline and the mass tourism descends. Enter Irshad Mobarak, 39 a sort of one man band in the cause of conservation on Langkawi.

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North Malaya – Eastern Route

North Malaya – Eastern Route

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS – Penang, Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary, Taiping, Maxwell Hill, Sedim Canopy Walkway, Royal Belum Park and Langkawi.

We offer the water birds of Kuala Gula, the montaine birds of Maxwell Hill and the lowland rainforest birds of Sungai Sedim, Royal Belum Park and Langkawi. This tour gives good cross section of the rich array of birds the Malay peninsular has to offer.

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Bond with Nature

Bond with Nature

Sunday Style. 20 March 1994. Bond With Nature. Irshad Mubarak doesn't look quite like what an “evangelist" should. Tall, tanned and hunky, he would probably be more at home in a Steven Seagal type movie than waxing lyrical about the lush greenery which surrounds The Datai.

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North Malaya – Bintang Range

North Malaya – Bintang Range

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS – Kuala Gula Wetland Sanctuary, Taiping, Maxwell Hill, Sedim Canopy Walkway and Penang.

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Langkawi Geopark

Langkawi Geopark

May 2007. For over 35 years, academicians and naturalist have studied the Langkawi archipelago, which is part of the Gondwana Range, Ample data and information have been gathered on its biodiversity (flora and fauna) from both land and sea, Its geological information has been vast and comprehensive arising from 90 geological research sites or geosites registered.

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Introduction

Introduction

One of Malaysia’s best kept secrets is the biosphere of the Northern Malay Peninsula. This  zone is one of the most diverse bio-geographical regions on earth.

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Enjoying the Wild

One of Malaysia’s most accessible and beautiful tropical islands, Pulau
Langkawi’s sun-drenched tropical climate, white powdered and black
volcanic beaches, and welcoming people make it a popular tourist
destination. However, there’s more to Langkawi life than beach-bumming,
as Rowena Forbes discovered… 

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West Malaysia Birding

As part of a recent trip to West Malaysia with my dad, I decided to return to Langkawi for 4 days as my last visit had not included any serious birding. I had been in contact withJunglewalla about the possibility of seeing some of the rarer bird types on the island. 

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What the Experience Guide Said

What the Experience Guide Said

By LEONG SIOK HUI – November 2006.

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Jobs of Joy

Jobs of joy By LEONG SIOK HUI – Tuesday January 17, 2006

Relish a life of adventure, help change the world and . . . get paid for it! StarWeekend looks into dream jobs. YOU’VE got a dream job!” friends exclaim.

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A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember

The Guardian. 14 May 2005. A Walk to Remember. by Andrew Catchpole. "Langkawi is one of the most ravishing places in southeast Asia and is already being talked of as a rising star, yet it is still a hideaway where insiders come to revel in the ecological diversity and to drop out of sight in a handful of five–star hotels.

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All walks of Life

All walks of Life

SENSES LANGKAWI MAGAZINE All walks of Life. By Lina – August 2005
He’s been on TV and works out of an exclusive resort area. He also set up the first eco tourism programme for Langkawi together with the late Miles Baddeley. Irshad Mobarak really is committed to Langkawi and sharing an appreciation for its natural wonders.

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The Plight of Sea Eagle

The Plight of Sea Eagle

By Sandra King/Nigel Carter Guernsey – March 2004
Memories of the holiday we took in February have to jogged by some out of focus snaps, souvenirs skulking in drawers, having never found a suitable shelf or wall to display them on.

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Langkawi’s New Groove

Langkawi’s leading naturalist, Irshad Mobarak, has teamed up with 100 choolchildren, under DiGi’s Amazing Malaysians project, to save the island’s natural treasures. As a young boy, Irshad Mobarak often accompanied his father into the wilderness. “Those were the best times of my life, and the love for nature became ingrained in me,’’ says Irshad, the ninth child in a family of 10.

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Dedicated Custodians

Individuals who come from diverse backgrounds but share a common bond
in being guardians of the nation’s heritage are this year’s Amazing
Malaysians.

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Amazing Malaysian Awards

The
five Amazing Malaysians selected for their brilliant heritage
programmes are Irshad, Pak Saad, Joan, Judeth and Voon Fee.
Be amazed at what they do. DEBRA CHONG and SU AZIZ write on the
aspirations of five outstanding individuals. 

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Tourism can Soar with Birds

It’s time the tourism industry cast an eagle eye on the northern frontier to promote bird-watching.
While Taman Negara, Pahang, and Fraser’s Hill are popular havens for bird watchers, several spots in the northern states have equally good potential for such activities.

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Adventure into Nature

Adventure into Nature. Borneo Bulletin. Sat/Sun 24/25 January 1998 . Irshad Mobarak speaks to Maria. A rapidly growing aspect of tourism is nature. Dubbed ecotourism, it is a timely effort towards preserving the natural heritage and environment of tourist destinations. It is also a smart move as more and more major tourist destinations are losing their appeal along with the attractions they advertise.

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Edge of Darkness

Edge of Darkness

THE SUNDAY TIMES TRAVEL 24 JANUARY 1999 By: STUART WAVELL
Edge of Darkness A forbidden cave, a childhood prank, a sudden death; STUART WAVELL returned to Malaysia and retraced events that had haunted him for 40 years.

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My Very Own Swamp

My Very Own Swamp

Weekend Telegraph April 1997
Deep in the Malaysian rainforest, Paul Mansfield does his bit for nature conservation-by planting mangrove.

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Reserve Psychology

Reserve Psychology

Reserve Psychology. Malaysian Tattler April 1995. Sina Maran Tadun. These days, Langkawi has been given the green light for some dramatic restructuring of the environment. In the corner of the island, however, Sina Maran Tadun finds that it is still possible to take a walk on the wild side.

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Steering Langkawi

Steering Langkawi

By Deepak Gill – 27 June 2003
NATURE guide Irshad Mobarak pointed out a plant growing on a limestone rock by the mangrove river in Langkawi, as we cruised by in a speed boat.

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Naturalist Par Excellence

Naturalist Par Excellence

Virtual Malaysia- July/august 2003 By Richard F. Dorall.
Irshad Mobarak: Naturalist Par Excellence. Built like an American football player, Irshad Mobarak has commanding presence, but is really a gentle giant.

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The Arden Naturalist

The Arden Naturalist

Saturday May 24 2003 by Rose Ismail. News Strait Times.
Irshad the Arden Naturalist. Rose Ismail. Meet Irshad Mobarak, a consummate naturalist at the Datai, Langkawi, who delights in passing on his knowledge and skill to nature lovers.

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Forest Trump

Forest Trump

February 2003 By Steven Cole
The brigadier's eyebrows went up and a smile crept across his face when I told him I was thinking of visiting the Langkawi archipelago, a group of more than 100 mainly uninhabited islands off the north western coast of the Malaysian peninsula.

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Banking on Eco Tourism

Banking on Eco Tourism

Wednesday 14th March 2001 The Sun Daily – By Ian McIntyre
Nature is not just a catch word conjured up when it comes to, Mutiara Burau Bay Resort; it is an all‑out effort to showcase the often overlook gift from Mother Nature.

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Love is in the air

The rainforest of Langkawi is slightly different to the rainforest on most of Mainland Malaysia. This is because here on Langkawi we go through a distinct dry season that usually starts in the beginning or the middle of the month of December.

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Kingfishers

Kingfishers

There are 8 species of kingfishers on Langkawi and they are certainly the most colorful birds on the island.

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Hornbills

Hornbills

Among all the birds, if I had to have a favorite then it must be the Hornbills.

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Birds of prey

Birds of prey

There are 20 species of bird of prey in Langkawi and several are often seen in the Datai area.

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The Magnificent Great Hornbills

The Magnificent Great Hornbills

Peering through my monocular, I can see its eyes are red a sure indicator that it’s a male and on the branch above it his mate for life the female with her yellow eyes and slighter built. (having to see a bird through a binocular or monocular makes for a whole lot of difference.) For this is the only way one can tell the difference between the male and female Great Hornbill.

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Forest Hideaway

July/August 1994 – By Martin Weslake. BELVEDERE.
The Datai Forest Hideaway A fusion of eco‘tourism and luxury make The Datai Resort, situated in 1800 acres of primary rain forest on North‘west Langkawi, the most talked about resort development in Southeast Asia. Sceptical of the developer's claims I joined six other guests on an early morning forest walk led by the Datai's resident naturalist, Irshad.

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Jungle Odyssey

Jungle Odyssey

14 May 2000 – by: Lucinda Bredin. Daily mail UK.
There’s much more to Langkawi than duty-free shopping, discover Lucinda Bredin and family, here on a recent holiday from England. My elder son was halfway along a plank when our guide dropped the bombshell: 'Don't fall in,' he said.

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The Staunch Disbelievers

The Staunch Disbelievers

Saturday April 22, 2006 by Irshad Mobarak, naturalist.
Glossary of Malaysian ghosts:

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Langkawi Butterfly

Langkawi Butterfly

Langkawi Butterfly Discovery Tours: Treasures on Wings

Langkawi Islands is home to over 500 species of butterflies. This number is quite awesome as larger countries like Australia and Sri Lanka and even Singapore have a considerably lower number of species as compared to Langkawi.

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Raptor Watch: Journey to the South

Raptor Watch: Journey to the South

Why do birds migrate? Why would they leave their comfortable home in Europe to head thousands of miles to the south and face hazards along the way? There are several possible reasons why they have to do it.

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Tree Planting Initiative

Tree Planting Initiative

Junglewalla hosted a Canadian International school based in China, comprising of students their respective teachers as well as representatives from an adventure group based in Hong Kong. The activity conducted for them was a tree planting initiative.

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Rainforest Aid-Hornbill Project

The activity conducted for the group by JungleWalla was called the Rainforest Aid-Hornbill Project which in short was to count the current population of the 3 species of Hornbill birds that inhabit Gunung Raya the highest mountain peak in in Langkawi with a specific focus on the Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis.

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Island Discovery

Junglewalla hosted a group, at the Oriental Village Langkawi the site of the Cambrian Geoforest Park where the mystical mountain of Mat Cinchang lies.

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Mangrove Planting

Junglewalla hosted 2 groups comprising Canadian International school students based in China , their respective teachers as well as representatives from the adventure group from Hong Kong. The activity planned was mangrove planting along two designated areas in the mangroves of Sg. Kilim.

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Rescuing Dusky Langur

Rescuing Dusky Langur

I was enraptured by the expressions and actions of a troop of Dusky Langurs (Trachypithecus obscurus) with their two young ones feeding the leaves of a strangling fig tree at the Andaman Resort. Suddenly, I cannot help but to ponder how contented and secured they are in this resort, where they are allowed to feed…

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Behind The Scenes At Andaman Resort Coral Nursery

Behind The Scenes At Andaman Resort Coral Nursery

Every morning, in exception on his days off, you will see him scooping fallen leaves out of the pond. On some days, you will see him on the beach with buckets in search of gobies and other sorts of marine fishes that feed on algae. He monitors the incoming of the tide and he will then switch on the pump to allow seawater into the nursery.

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Exceptions to the Rules

While there are many rules in nature but one rule in nature we must also remember is that there are exceptions to the rule. As a general rule in the bird world males seems to have more color than their females, this is especially true with the Sunbirds, Flowerpeckers and the Asian Fairy Bluebirds among…

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Saving The Rest Of The Rainforests

  Malaysia is home to probably the oldest rainforest in the world. 130 million years to be exact. The forests all over the country is facing a constant threat from logging and development. We but cannot look at it inwardly but in a global perspective. In 2007, the 13th round of climate change talks were…

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Birds of a feather flock together

  Love is a powerful emotion and choice. It creates strong affection and builds the bonds of relationship. It embodies the virtues of loyalty, kindness, charity, compassion, and affection. Among 220 species of birds that fly in Langkawi, the Great Hornbill is the most incredible and absolutely amazes me. The Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) is…

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City and Forest

      I am a city girl and have lived in one for almost 23 years. There are many differences one can notice between a city and a village. Firstly there are not many trees and virgin forest in a city except for a few green spaces and recreational parks some of which charge…

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The Fast and Furious – Mantis Shrimps

This article is not about the American street racing action movie directed by Justin Lin. Instead it is about a most incredible creature and the fantastic speed it is capable of reaching – a creature commonly called the mantis shrimp.  Not many people know much about the mantis shrimp or where it lives.  Actually it…

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Squids and Dolphins in Andaman Sea

At first sight it looks like a night market on the water, the surface of the ocean aglow with a hundred green lanterns – it looks so cool.

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Matcincang Cambrian Geoforest Park

The story of the formation of Langkawi will begin some 550 mill years ago when the earth was divided into two super continents, one located in the northern hemisphere called Lauasia, while the other located in the southern hemisphere was called Gondwanaland. It was here at Gondwanaland that the oldest part of Langkawi and Malaysia…

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Migrants Checked In

        Imagine there is such a thing as Avian Immigration  Department, the followings have checked in since August 2011: Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos Common Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis Brown Shrike  Lanius cristatus Tiger Shrike  Lanius tigrinus Asian Brown Flycatcher  Muscicapa dauurica Oriental Honey Buzzard  Pernis ptilorhynchus Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater  Merops philippinus Little Egret  Egretta garzetta…

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Embrace The Rain

The cycle is back! Raining season has arrived with lots of rain in end of August and today! The record held so far, five days of continuous rain in which it is the longest ever since I arrived on this island. We had so much of rain that it painted a glorious picture to our…

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Against All Rising Odds – Keeping the Coral Reef Alive

When I joined Junglewalla in December 2010, I was pulled into an activity initiated by the Andaman Resort resort known as ‘coral clearing.’

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The Andaman Reef

The Andaman Reef

By Dr. Gerry Goeden: The Andaman Reef has been really showing us its best side for the last few months. Great tides have made reef exploration much easier and we have found some incredible little creatures.

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“Hugged” To Death

“Hugged” To Death

On a fine morning during my walk at the Andaman Resort, my guest came running excitedly to the group gesturing us to follow him. We got excited too as this Russian guest of mine ordered us to hurry up.

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Part of JungleWalla Team

Part of JungleWalla Team

Unofficially. Even though he is not directly employed under Junglewalla company, he is one of many Langkawi taxi van drivers that most nature guides would love to work with, especially when it comes to wildlife and birds! His full time job is shuttling tourists around the island with his taxi van. On days when Junglewalla…

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Frolicking At The Andaman

Frolicking At The Andaman

Sitting at the Nature Desk of the Andaman Resort, while on duty, made me feel as if time had stood still. I felt like my SOS call for something to happen had been answered when my feathered friends came to amuse me. The loud and sweet whistling call wi-it wait… wi-it wait at the end…

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Farewell Feathered Migrants

Farewell Feathered Migrants

Enduring the hot blazing afternoon sun, a group of volunteers were watching a large flock of winged creatures, hovering above a tanker that was cruising by, not very far from the coastline of Tanjung Tuan, Port Dickson in West Malaysia. As we watched intensely with our binoculars, our lips were moving, counting every individual in that…

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In search of Small-clawed Otter

In search of Small-clawed Otter

The Following is trip report from our guest Matthew and Maureen who are travelling around the world for a year between July 2010 and July 2011. They are heading off in search of wonder, wildlife and a modest amount of adventure!.

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The Gliding Wonder and My Wonder

The Gliding Wonder and My Wonder

I watched this little quiet creature hobbling up the tall tree with it’s forefeet forward together and both hind feet pushing, I was telling it in a whispering manner, “Come on, do it now. Come on, come on…”

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Mountain Hawk-Eagles langkawi

Mountain Hawk-Eagles langkawi

I was beginning to wonder the quietness around the area without the usual sounds of our regular Sunbirds, Flower Peckers and chatters of Racket-tailed Drongo mimicking the sound of our office’s cats filled the morning.

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Cognis Challenge: Wildlands for the Future

May 2010 ended on a great note, with the adoption of the Wildlands for the Future program as a teambuilding challenge by Cognis. Mr. Barry Brewster of Evans and Peck started with short but poignant introduction of this unique approach as a teambuilding challenge which was followed with a short presentation on the state of…

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Support MNS Langkawi Petition

Langkawi has come to a very important crossroad and at stake is our quality of life and economic future. The future of this beautiful and beloved island home of ours is in our very hands. We must make the necessary changes, we cannot afford to see the lost of any more precious rainforest especially by…

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Langkawi from eagle eyes view.

Langkawi from eagle eyes view.

On 16th of april I had a chance to experience a helicopter tours. Looking at Langkawi at eagle’s eye viewpoint which I dream for so long already. The beauty of this island undoubtly stunning.  My camera clicking non stop during this one hour ride. Depart from Langkawi Airport we took helicopter turbine engine  which being …

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The students are here

The students are here

It has been a busy time for the JungleWalla’s team. Among private and company group we were hosting , we are please to have Lycée français de Kuala Lumpur (LFKL) students in the island to join a 4 days JungleWalla’s students program.

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Flying Wonders of Paradise

Late last year, NGC USA contacted us about some of our animals and wanted us to suggest the best location to filming. Obviously we suggested langkawi. They arrived here on late march and spend 3 weeks on the island filming some of exceptional inhabitants – “The Flying Wonders of Paradise” . The focuses of their…

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Nesting Season Again

Nesting Season Again

Most of the birds are nesting now and we are very lucky to have at least two that are nesting by the The Datai trail. One is a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbills which have chosen to nest at new cavity excavated recently by several Great Slaty Woodpeckers. The female has been in this nest…

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The New Arrival

It is the season of the young ones again on the island so it seems most appropriate to tell our guests of the arrival my long coming baby boy and the youngest member of JungleWallas. We have named him Amiri which means The East Wind, appropriate because he arrived during the season of the east…

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Resident Otter Family

Resident Otter Family

Madi pleased to report from the fiels the resident Otters spotted today on his mangrove tour. This time he got good pictures of the pair. Enjoy! [tab] [/tab]

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Green Month Campaign

In conjunction of Malaysian Nature Society Green Month Campaign to be held for one month, beginning on the 31st October 2009 to November 30th 2009 , Malaysian Nature Society Langkawi invited hotels to participate in an island and hotel wide coordinated tree planting program. We proposed that as a gesture hotels could consider planting 30…

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Report From the Field

Report From the Field

With rainy season is officially here and the beginning of the rice planting season, Langkawi looks lush and green.

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JungleWalla – Solar Boat

JungleWalla hit another milestone this month, after a long wait, at last a Solar Boat dream has become a reality. It arrived in Langkawi on the 2nd of june. We planned to launch it on World Ocean Day (8th June). But as any first model, we quickly stumble over a few teething problems. These matters…

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World Environmental Day Celebration

World Environmental Day began nicely with a group of about 100 nature lovers converging at Bukit Hantu River. It was celebrated with the planting of 400 native trees around a water feature. These “gifts to nature” were sponsored by two organizations on Langkawi. A very big THANK YOU goes to Jalpak I’ll brand Guest  whom…

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Birdwatching Course at Fraser’s Hill

We wanted to send the team over for the long overdue Birdwatching course with MNS at fraser’s hill. This course is so popular, we have sign up for this course a year ago. The timing could not be better, it has been rainy and quite month for the island, so at last minute we managed…

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MNS Langkawi Branch

We are please to report Langkawi charted a big milestone on 9th March 2009 as 42 members sign up as pioneers of Malaysian Nature Society’s new pro tem committee that will lead to the formation of a branch. Our chief Irshad Mobarak  who has been one of the leading voices for the conservation and sustainable…

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Hornbill Conference

We found out at the raptor watch about The Hornbills Conference in Singapore on 22nd to 25th March 2009. Huh? Hornbills goes to conference?. We did not know that, we quickly sign up to it, but because it was last minute and we have already programs and tours to do, only Chief went. It was…

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Raptor Watch 2009

Raptor watch this year coincides with MATTA travel fair cause the attendance down to 5.000 people.. Although I have trying to go for the last years, this is the first time I get the pleasure to attend raptor watch. This is because our Chief Irshad was invited as a speaker and I got to assist…

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Carbon Footprint! Let’s reduce the amount.

Everybody knows about carbon footprint? A carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 you as an individual or your institution creates. The increment of the amount of carbon will directly impact the global warming. Why we should care about that? It is increasingly becoming a hot issue that many of us not beginning to be…

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2008 in Memory

2008 just passed by and welcome 2009. I had a great year in 2008, lots of sweet and bitter, small and big things happened to us at JungleWalla. One of the biggest occasion which is on February 2008, was the closing of  Amazing Malaysians program. During the event, we had a beach party in Pantai…

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Eagle Feeding VS Eagle Watching

Eagle Feeding VS Eagle Watching

Eagle feeding is one of Langkawi’s most popular activities. The tour begins with a boat ride through the magnificent Kilim Geoforest Park.

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Butterflies

One of my guests said that there are rumors that butterflies are not actually the real name. Butter?? Flying? Does not make any sense at all. The rumors said it should have been “flutter by”,  but the person who gave the name suffer from dyslexia, he wanted to put flutter by but wrote it as…

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Sony Nature Photography Competition 2008

Langkawi 18-20 October 2008. How does nature photography help nature conservation? The Sony Nature Photography (SNP) Competition held here in Langkawi 18-20th October is the perfect example… SNP is an annual competition, into its 4th year. Every year, the organizers (Sony Malaysia, Click! Magazine and Malaysian Nature Society) take students into exotic and nature destinations…

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Covidien – Give Back to Nature and Community

Once in a while we get a pleasant surprise. Who would have thought that instead of having the “regular tours” on holiday, there are those who chose to give back to nature and local communities . Kelvin Seow, who is the Regional Manager for The Covidien Group, a leading medical equipment supplier,  picked several of…

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National Geographic Asia – Geopark Race

I am please to report that we just had National Geographic Channel Asia right here in Langkawi from 19th to 22nd September last month. I had interesting weeks planning and running the Race with the team.

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Youth Idol Adventure

Aug me and Izhar have a program with rakan muda at Dusun Eco Resort Bentong Pahang. When I heard about the program I still couldn’t figure out what program is it?. Hmm the journey to uncertainty… interesting…

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The Making of Eco Warriors

The Making of Eco Warriors

Although The JungleWallah of Langkawi project is officially over last February, the seeds the kids collected last year are now ready for planting.

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What happened when it rains?

What happened when it rains?

Down pour with thunder and lightning descend on Langkawi !!. Just the blessings we need to clear the haze that has been linger on langkawi sky for the last few days. But this blessing has force us to cancel and postponed all activities to the next day. The Jungle Wallas not on duty?… What a rare occasion.

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TARGET BIRD: Brown-winged Kingfisher

TARGET BIRD: Brown-winged Kingfisher

For the last 3 days we have been trying to organize the trip. The weather was not on our favor and it has been raining all day long for many days.

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Bathroom Policy

Bathroom Policy

I’m so eager to share with all of you an article by Hanno Beck. It make me think twice of how i live my life?. What type of person i am?.

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My Yellow Croc and The Beach

My Yellow Croc and The Beach

When I try to clean my pc deleting all unnecessary thing I bumped into this lovely picture. This picture taken during my kayak trip while working with wilderness centre.

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Three for Ten…..!!

Three for Ten…..!!

The rain is here !. It’s arrived a little bit earlier this year companied by the electrical shows and some strong wind. Hey!!! not talking about torrential rain here; it will stop after couple of hours and still get the sun shine. But meanwhile enjoy the downpour and the fresh of the water and earth smell in the air.

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Horseshoe Crab An Ancient wonder

Horseshoe Crab An Ancient wonder

Looking at this weird creature remind me of Darth Vader from star wars movie. Just it’s more greenish than shining black helmet.

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Rafflesia and birds at Kedah

A phone call from a friend who is the general manager of Bukit Hijau Resort has triggered excitement in The Junglewallas HQ. A flower-bud suspiciously looking like Raffesia grows at his resort. There is no Liana or any root system nearby the flower and it’s appears to be a stand alone flower. If it is what he thinks it is, it will be the first record in Kedah.We decided to go and check it out for our self. Besides we have not been out of the island for quite a while now and this trip is a much needed vacation.

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A letter from the wild

This is my first entry in the blog and how nice to start it with a positive note. As of the 1st Feb. 2008 Langkawi got a simple Nature Interpretive at the base of Gunung Raya. It’s been a long time coming, and finally nature has got a home.

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Dangerous Beauty

Dangerous Beauty

One of my guest ask “ is it fake coz its not moving? ” Wild pit vipers are passive, they will not move unless its necessary.

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Langkawi in Bloom

Langkawi in Bloom

All trees bear flowers at one time or another but not all flowers make a visual impact when they are flowering. One of those trees that flower spectacularly is the Crepe-myrtle, but I prefer to call it by its exotic name Rose of India (Lagerstroemia Spp).

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West Malaysia Birding

West Malaysia Birding

As part of a recent trip to West Malaysia with my dad, I decided to return to Langkawi for 4 days as my last visit had not included any serious birding. I had been in contact withJunglewalla about the possibility of seeing some of the rarer bird types on the island.

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Morning Birding in Langkawi

Morning Birding in Langkawi

I am a form 5 school graduate (the class of 2007). Having lots of free time and simply a person who loves nature but never really been given a chance to go and explore the wild. My family had planned to send me to the very beautiful island of Langkawi. I was given the opportunity of a life time; it was planned that I would live with my aunt Sri Sari who works for the JungleWalla Tours.

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Guest Reviews

Thanks to your superb guide whose wealth of knowledge and passion
for the wildlife and mangroves in the Langkawi Geopark astounds and humbles us all.
We will definitely come back to Langkawi because we had fallen in love with the place.
Irene Thomason

Our Certified Guides

Irshad 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.
For his immense contribution to the preservation of nature in Langkawi,
he was awarded the Amazing Malaysian Award in 2007.
Irshad is the founder of Junglewalla.
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Company Background

Company Background

Junglewalla was set up in early 1994 in Langkawi by Irshad Mobarak with help from his best friends and mentor Miles Baddeley (Wildlife for the Future-UK), its main objective is to educate and inspire people to experience Langkawi’s rich natural history. These adventure tours are developed and conducted by a group of dedicated and passionate nature guides.

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Irshad Mobarak

Irshad Mobarak

Irshad’s typical day starts with an early morning stroll near The Datai Resort where he regards guests with intriguing facts and anecdotes. On most days, he gets to spot Asian Fairy Bluebirds, Oriental-pied Hornbills and Dusky Leaf Langurs.

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Shaaban Arshad

Shaaban Arshad

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.

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Sri Sari

Sri Sari

Sri Sari left her big-city life and led a way of life she always dreams of – the tranquility of the countryside. Her love affair with Langkawi sparked from a sunset poster of Tanjung Rhu she saw everyday at work, Sri was determined to find her way to Langkawi.

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Team Profiles

Team Profiles

Shakira Being raised in a concrete jungle like Kuala Lumpur, the switch to a real one was inevitable in Shakira’s case. Completing her Diploma in Tourism management, she juggled on several other jobs before reaching Langkawi. But when she started working at Junglewalla two years ago, and it was love at first sight with Mother…

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