Branson 'delivers' rare baby birds in British Virgin Islands
Not a minute goes by without Virgin Group boss Sir Richard Branson fussing over mother nature. Now, the blond billionaire has announced “the first scarlet ibis in the British Virgin Islands for over 100 years” has been born in his private paradise.
The 4th richest man in the United Kingdom revealed on his blog that the rare bird recently hatched on his island of Necker in the British Caribbean territory.
Branson has recently kept himself busy reintroducing the flamingo, the scarlet ibis and the roseate spoonbill to the British Virgin Islands. According to the tycoon, all three species died out there 100-150 years ago.
“We have had fantastic success with the flamingos, with 70 young ones born this year. The scarlet ibis, one of the most beautiful birds in the world, is also doing fantastically – we had our first baby born recently,” the bird enthusiast wrote in his blog.
“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,” Branson added.
Flamingos are not Branson's only eye-catching favorites. He is currently introducing lemurs on nearby Moskito Island, despite criticism that the non-native species could disrupt the ecological balance there.
When the 61-year-old business magnate with an estimated net worth of $4.2 billion is not saving birds and Manta Rays, Sir Richard can often be seen jet-setting, kite-surfing or diving.