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 PhD 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. Mark is currently based in Hokkaido, Japan. In addition to being a field naturalist, he is a prolific writer. Up until recently, he was a columnist for The Japan Times newspaper (his column Wild Watch appeared there since 1982 and was the longest running natural history column in the world) and writer-in-residence for JapanVisitor.com. Mark’s books include Wild Asia: Spirit of a Continent, The Birds of Japan (the definitive text of bird biology and distribution in the Japanese archipelago), the monograph The Whooper Swan, and most recently, A Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia. Mark juggles international travel with writing and enjoys spending as much time as possible exploring 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


What Was Your Favorite Wildlife Experience of 2016?


Mark's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Best of Brazil

    Wild Brazil: From Atlantic Forest to the Pantanal

    September 16October 4, 2018

    Search for Brazil’s iconic wildlife—caiman, giant anteaters, Brazilian tapirs, maned wolves, capybara, howler monkeys, marmosets, giant river otters, and our ultimate goal, the elusive jaguar—on this overland adventure with Mark Brazil. 

  • Sacred Traditions: Japan Revealed

    Sacred Traditions: Japan Revealed

    October 12October 30, 2018

    This Japan adventure introduces you to everything from Honshu Island’s local residents to Kyoto’s noteworthy temples and Kanazawa’s famous gardens of Kenroku-en—it’s an off-the-beaten-path immersion with incredible personal connections made possible by Japan expert Mark Brazil. 

  • Asiatic Leopard

    Central India: A Wildlife Safari

    November 16December 1, 2018

    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 Satpura National Parka, a 202-square-mile national park and tiger reserve.

  • Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

    Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

    January 16February 3, 2019

    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.

  • Snow Leopard, India

    In Search of Snow Leopards

    February 8February 20, 2019

    Join veteran expedition leader and ornithologist, Mark Brazil, on a brand-new expedition to seek out unique Himalayan wildlife. You'll spend five full days tracking snow leopards, as well as ibex, blue sheep, marmots, and Himalayan wolves, and enjoy the magical scenery of the rugged Himalayas.

  • Parks & Palaces of India's Rajasthan

    Parks & Palaces of India's Rajasthan

    February 22March 11, 2019

    On this brand-new adventure, you'll get the bost of both worlds as you search for the rare Asiatic lion in Gir National Park, and spend two nights at the luxurious Mihir Garh Palace Hotel. You'll also have time to tour the bustling city of Mumbai, complete with the Gateway of India, Elephanta Island, the Prince of Whales Museum, and Kamla Nehru Park.

  • Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka

    Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka

    March 15March 31, 2019

    Wildlife expert Mark Brazil leads this immersive exploration of the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” with its bird-watching haven, Sinharaja Nature Reserve; Yala National Park’s Sri Lankan elephants; and the World Heritage Site of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

  • Australia's Kimberley

    Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

    May 3May 17, 2019

    Your adventures in the remote and captivating Kimberley region of Western Australia are highlighted by unusual wildlife in Prince Regent Nature Reserve, the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and sublime desert-scapes.

  • Underwater Wonders of Western Australia

    Underwater Wonders of Western Australia

    May 13May 27, 2019

    Snorkel or dive nearly every day on this brand-new expedition of Western Australia, to discover colorful hard and soft corals, along with healthy populations of tropical fish. You'll explore Ningagloo Reef, home to whale sharks, dolphins, and humpback whales, as well as Little Turtle Island, an important nesting site for flatback turtles.

  • Gros Morne National Park, Canada

    Path of the Vikings: Reykjavik to Quebec

    August 27September 12, 2019

    Cruise along chiseled fjords packed with icebergs for up-close views of glittering glaciers on our brand-new expedition that explores the Arctic region of Iceland, Greenland, and Canada. You'll search for beluga whales, and seabirds such as razorbills, guillemots, and kittiwakes, and enjoy a hike through Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Wild Colombia

    Wild Colombia

    September 16September 29, 2019

    On our Colombian adventure, we’ll take in the country’s natural and cultural highlights, from its white-sand beaches and vibrant cities to pristine rainforest, a coffee plantation, and artifacts of ancient pre-Hispanic cultures.

  • Chitwan National Park

    Nepal & Bhutan with the Black-necked Crane Festival

    October 29November 18, 2019

    Wildlife expert Mark Brazil accompanies this exciting tour, during which you’ll discover the cultural and natural treasures of Nepal and Bhutan, from the dramatic Tiger’s Nest monastery to the subtropical forests of Chitwan National Park.

  • Central India Wildlife Safari

    Central India: A Wildlife Safari

    November 22December 7, 2019

    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 Satpura National Park, a 202-square-mile national park and tiger reserve.