Richard Branson rebuilds Virgin Islands’ native birds populations

Richard Branson rebuilds the populations of scarlet ibis, flamingo, and the roseate spoonbill

Richard Branson’s efforts to reintroduce three species to the British Virgin Islands, all of which died out there maybe 100-150 years ago, have been successful. The populations of Flamingo, Scarlet Ibis and the Roseate Spoonbill were reborn to dominate the landscape.

“This is the first Scarlet Ibis born in the British Virgin Islands for over 100 years. They are completely different colour to their parents, which I suspect is so they are not so noticeable to predators when they are young. They turn the incredible scarlet colour after a couple of years,” said Richard Branson.

“We hope in time to have the same success with the Scarlet Ibis as we have had with the Flamingos, so the British Virgin Islands as a whole can enjoy the beauty of these birds,” added Branson.

Richard Branson is also working to rebuild his fire-damaged home on Necker Island in the Caribbean. Branson is currently working to reintroduce in the Caribbean include the stout iguana, white-cheeked pintail, crested anole, and red footed tortoises.