See The Exotic Animals On Richard Branson's Private Island

Necker Island Wildlife,lemur

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Sir Richard Branson’s 74 acre private island in the British Virgin Islands, Necker Island, is known for its luxury accommodations, beautiful views and celebrity guests. But once you get there, there’s another element of the surroundings that quite literally jumps out at you: its exotic wildlife.Necker Island is home to at least 140 different species. On a given day, visitors can see everything from lemurs to tortoises to macaws and even flamingos.

While the island has many creatures that are part of the area’s diverse tropical environment, some animals were brought in by Branson as a way to repopulate the Caribbean with species that have become nearly extinct in the region, mostly due to human behaviour such as hunting or development.

When we visited the island last year, we got a glimpse of some of the beautiful wildlife of Necker up close.

Disclosure: We were flown out to Necker Island, BVI by Virgin Limited Edition, which covered our travel and lodging expenses.

Ring-tailed lemurs are one of the signature animals of Necker. Branson has brought them to the island as a way to conserve the species that is threatened by deforestation in their native Madagascar.

The lemurs are kept in their own part of the island which is enclosed by an electric fence.

They spend some time in cages...

... but can also be seen roaming freely.

They can climb a tree in the blink of an eye.

When in the lemur area, visitors will frequently turn a corner and find one staring right at them.

Or just relaxing.

This is Vaman Ramlall, the wildlife manager on the island.

He also showed us the Necker berry, which the island is named after.

And the bush that it comes from.

As you walk down the beach other forms of wildlife and beauty pop up.

Like these baby hermit crabs.

The shell of a crab.

Different types of coral washed up on shore.

They create beautiful shapes and colours.

Lizards are also something you see at every turn on Necker. Like this banded one.

And this one, with a pronounced spine.

And the gecko, which are found all over the island. You might even find climbing the walls in your room at night.

Grown hermit crabs like these blend into their surroundings.

While scarlet ibis birds stand out because of their vibrant colour.

The species is native to the Caribbean.

A tortoise might be seen on the side of the road as a golf cart drives you to your room.

Staring at you.

They love to relax in muddy puddles with their friends.

Catching a glimpse of flamingos in the early morning light is a great way to start the day.

This is another species Branson has brought to the island for conservation purposes.

colourful macaws are also native to the Caribbean.

And may chat with you as you pass them by.

But iguanas are quiet do their own thing.

While you look out at the beautiful Caribbean waiting for the next friendly visitor.

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