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Sir Richard Branson is looking to relocate lemurs from zoos to Moskito Island (one of his private islands in the BVI of the Caribbean). But how will this affect the native flora and fauna?
“”Maybe [Sir Richard] has got some people to say it is alright - but what else lives on the island, and how might they be affected?” asked Simon Stuart, chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC). “It’s pretty weird - I would be alarmed about it and would want some reassurances.”
Dr Stuart suggested the project could contravene the IUCN’s code for translocations - designed to prevent the repetition of disastrous events such as the introduction of rabbits and cane toads to Australia. Among other things, it says that translocations should never happen into natural ecosystems.”