Four horses graze near the Pamlico Sound in a May 1956 photo

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) and its philanthropic partner, Outer Banks Forever, will host an educational presentation titled “The History and Management of the Ocracoke Horse Herd at Cape Hatteras National Seashore” from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Ocracoke Community Center at 999 Irvin Garrish Highway.

The presentation, led by researchers Kent Redford, a conservation practitioner and scientist with Archipelago Consulting, and Elaine Leslie, retired chief of biological resources for the National Park Service, will include information on the history, genetics, range conditions, and management of horses, often referred to as ponies, on Ocracoke Island. Results of the research may be used to help inform future management of the Ocracoke horse herd.

Audience members will have the opportunity to discuss the history of horses on Ocracoke Island with Redford, Leslie, and Seashore staff following the presentation.

A herd of ponies on Ocracoke Island has been cared for by the National Park Service since the early 1960s. NPS Photo/Kurt Moses.

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