Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Mark Brazil

Expedition Leader & Ornithologist

Mark Brazil

Mark developed his fascination with the natural world, especially birds and mammals, during his boyhood in the landlocked English county of Worcestershire. He pursued academic interests in biology during studies in England and Scotland, while exploring the coasts and mountains of Britain in search of birds. Mark earned his Ph.D. from Stirling University, Scotland, for his work on avian behavioral-ecology in Iceland and Scotland. Ornithological research, natural history consultancy for TV companies, and guiding naturalists and wildlife photographers, have taken him to all continents, but his particular passion is Asia in all its diversity. Fascinated by island biology, he is a leading authority on the natural history of Japan, where he worked as a professor of biodiversity and conservation at Rakuno Gakuen University, near Sapporo, until 2007. Since 2007 Mark has been a freelance expedition leader and author. In addition to working as a field naturalist, Mark is a scientific editor and a prolific writer with seven books to his name. His Wild Watch column is the longest running natural history column in the world; it appeared in The Japan Times newspaper for 33 years from 1982 until 2015 and continues today on the Japan Nature Guides website. Mark’s books include: Wild Asia: Spirit of a ContinentThe Birds of Japan (the definitive text of bird biology and distribution in the Japanese archipelago), a monograph entitled The Whooper Swan, A Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia, The Nature of Japan and most recently (2018) A Field Guide to the Birds of Japan. He is already at work on his next book. Mark juggles international travel with writing and enjoys spending as much time as possible exploring Hokkaido. A veteran expedition leader, Mark has led well over 50 overland expeditions for Zegrahm, including India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Brazil, Colombia, Mongolia, and of course Japan. Mark and his wife Mayumi live near Teshikaga, in east Hokkaido.

Mark's Blog Posts

Is an iPhone Really the Best Camera for Travel?

All in for Subtropical Asia

Whale Watching: Japan Style

Taking a "Green Shower" in Japan

The Way of Tea

Itadakimasu!

What Was Your Favorite Wildlife Experience of 2016?

 

Mark's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Jaguar in Brazil's Pantanal

    Brazil's Pantanal: A Wildlife Safari

    September 16October 2, 2020

    Search for Brazil’s iconic wildlife—caiman, capybara, howler monkey, tapir, giant river otter, and our ultimate goal, the elusive jaguar—on this wildlife adventure with Mark Brazil. 

  • Central India Wildlife Safari

    India Safari

    November 1November 18, 2020

    The original setting of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Pench National Park, is just one of the stunning national parks visited on this Indian safari. Also explore Bandhavgarh National Park, formerly a maharajah’s private hunting preserve, as well as Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, home to seven species of primates.

  • Snow Monkeys, Japan

    Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

    January 17February 4, 2021

    Marvel at the sight of nearly 12,000 hooded and white-naped cranes, as they flock to Japan’s exquisite wintertime landscape, Arasaki, Kyushu—later, a boat trip to the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula puts us up close and personal with Steller’s sea eagles.

  • Wax Palms, Colombia

    Wild Colombia

    March 5March 16, 2021

    Discover Colombia's natural and cultural highlights, including white-sand beaches, vibrant cities, and splendid parks that are home to a variety of rare and endemic species of birds.

  • Wild Ireland & Scotland

    Wild Ireland & Scotland COMBO Voyage

    May 29June 12, 2021

    Discover ancient wonders, sublime landscapes, unique geology, prolific birdlife, and charming villages as you journey to Ireland and Scotland. Witness some of Europe's largest seabird colonies—puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and more, with visits to Giant’s Causeway, Neolithic monuments, and a variety of architectural wonders

  • Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

    Wild Ireland

    May 29June 7, 2021

    Discover Ireland’s ancient wonders, sublime landscapes, unique geology, prolific birdlife, and charming villages as you journey along the island’s scenic west coast. This voyage may be combined with Wild Scotland for a comprehensive view of the region.

  • Puffins

    Wild Scotland

    June 4June 12, 2021

    History comes to life as you view important Neolithic monuments—the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar, and Skara Brae—and other architectural wonders, from Mousa’s Iron Age broch and 12th-century Iona Abbey to the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. This voyage may be combined with Wild Ireland for a comprehensive view of the region.

  • Jaguar

    Brazil's Pantanal & Amazon: A Wildlife Safari

    September 26October 6, 2021

    Search for Brazil’s iconic wildlife—caiman, capybara, howler monkey, tapir, giant river otter, and our ultimate goal, the elusive jaguar—on this wildlife adventure with ornithologist, Mark Brazil.