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Branson: A Man With an Island for Lemurs: Richard Branson's plan to save the ring-tailed lemurs by importing the...

Branson: A Man With an Island for Lemurs: Richard Branson's plan to save the ring-tailed lemurs by importing the...

The businessman and adventure tycoon Richard Branson is taking heat for his plan to bring 30 Madagascar ring-tailed lemurs to his own private island in the British Virgin Islands. Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer, via Associated Press Ring-tailed lemurs on Lemur Island, a new exhibit at the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro. Mr. Branson said the effort is part of a broader plan to save species around the world from extinction, and that the lemurs will come from zoos in South Africa, Sweden and Canada, not Madagascar. He said the government of the British Virgin Islands granted him a permit to bring the animals to the island over the objections and concerns of residents and local environmental groups. “We’re trying to look at all the species that are most in peril and trying to come up with imaginative ways to protect them,” Mr. Branson said in a phone interview Tue...

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