The Ocracoke ponies. Photo: P. Vankevich

MANTEO — 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” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Ocracoke Community Center. 

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.

To read more about the Ocracoke pony herd, click here.

Clarification: The Ocracoke Community Center calendar link on the Hyde County website says the meeting starts at 10 a.m., which is incorrect. The meeting is at 1 p.m.

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