Mosquito Island (sometimes spelled Moskito Island) is an island off the coast of Virgin Gorda and has long been a favourite for scuba divers and sailors. For many years the island was the location of a sail-in dive resort named The Drakes Passage. Sir Richard Branson purchased the island in 2007 for £10M. His company Virgin Limited Edition plans to turn the island into a premier ecotourism resort in the British Virgin Islands and will pay huge attention to and consideration of the environment to minimize its carbon footprint throughout its development.
Branson announced recently that he plans to relocate Ring-tailed Lemurs from some zoos in Canada, Sweden, and South Africa to the island. Later relocations of Red Ruffed Lemurs and possibly Sifakas may follow. The announced plans were met with some criticism.
On old nautical charts of the British Virgin Islands, the island's name is often spelled "Moskito" (possibly as an older spelling of "mosquito" - older versions of the English language did make greater use of etymological spelling). Although modern charts usually spell the island "Mosquito" Island, and the Land Registry of the British Virgin Islands titles the island as "Mosquito" Island, Richard Branson has expressed a preference for "Moskito" Island, and most of the publicity material relating to his development has used that spelling.
Bert Kilbride, owner of Moskito Island 1960 - 1970 and the original builder/operator of Drakes Anchorage, always said it was spelled MOSKITO after the Moskito Indians that traveled through the Caribbean Islands from South or Central America. Although their name is spelled Miskito.
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