Change in Harkers Island Visitor Center Hours
Harkers Island Visitor Center hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until further notice.
Horse News and Updates
Annual Findings Reports
Press releases are issued annually describing the state of the herd during the reported year. These brief reports typically include the number of horses in the herd, the number of new foals, mortality rates, and the number of horses removed from the island and available for adoption through the Foundation for Shackleford Horses, Inc.
These annual reports can be found on the park's Wildlife Management webpage.
Journal of Equine Veterinary Science
How well do the horses on Shackleford Banks eat? This two year, preliminary study addresses that question by examining both the nutritional content of various plants found on the island and the composition of the horses' diet, as determined by fecal content.
Reprinted from Journal of Equine Veterinary Science; Vol 31 / No 11; Shannon E. Pratt-Phillips PhD, Sue Stuska EdD, Heather L. Beveridge BS, and Mike Yoder PhD; Nutritional Quality of Forages Consumed by Feral Horses: The Horses of Shackleford Banks, Pages 640-644, Copyright (2011); with permission from Elsevier.
Effects of Immunocontraception on Harem Fidelity (2010, pdf, 145 kb)
How does the use of the PZP immunocontraceptive (one of two population management strategies) affect the social behavior of mares? This two year study found a significant impact on the number of harems visited and the number of harem changes by a mare that is or has received this contraceptive.
Reprinted from Applied Animal Behaviour Science; Vol 128 / Is 1; Jessa M. Madosky, Daniel I. Rubenstein, Jerome J. Howard, and Sue Stuska; The effects of immunocontraception on harem fidelity in a feral horse (Equus caballus) population, Pages 50-56, Copyright (2010); with permission from Elsevier. http://www.journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/applan
Cape Lookout National Seashore
March 28, 2013 (pdf, 226 kb)
September 25, 2012 (pdf, 437 kb)
October 26, 2011 (pdf, 281 kb)
August 23, 2011 (pdf, 103 kb)
February 3, 2011 (pdf, 162 kb)
July 10, 2010 (pdf, 57 kb)
June 29, 2010 (pdf, 139 kb)
December 1, 2009 (pdf, 162 kb)
August 5, 2009 (pdf, 233 kb)
January 22, 2009 (pdf, 291 kb)
August 22, 2008 (pdf, 91 kb)
July 28, 2008 (pdf, 197 kb)
July 02, 2008 (pdf, 245 kb)
April 12, 2010
April 29, 2008
April 05, 2007
April 24, 2006
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