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Horse Sense and Survival Trips Begin

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Date: May 14, 2010
Contact: Wouter Ketel, (252) 728-2250 Ext. 3005

Harkers Island, NC -- Superintendent Russel J. Wilson announced that Cape Lookout National Seashore’s first wild horse tour of the 2010 season will be Wednesday, June 16.  Horse Sense and Survival trips are walking tours following the wild Banker horses of Shackleford Banks.


The tours are led by Dr. Sue Stuska, Wildlife Biologist specializing in horses with the National Park Service at Cape Lookout National Seashore.  Dr. Stuska’s intimate knowledge of the horses makes for an exciting and enlightening glimpse into the relationships, family bonds, behavior, and daily life of these wild animals.


Join Dr. Stuska for a day-long walking trip to find horses and watch their behavior.  Come prepared for a day in the sun and for walking through dunes in deep sand.  Comfortable closed-toe (for cactus) walking shoes that can get wet and muddy (and will stay on in the mud) are a must.  Bring water, lunch/snacks, bug repellent, sunscreen, a sun hat, binoculars, and camera with a telephoto lens in a daypack or shoulder bag.


Other tours are scheduled for the 2010 season.  They are July 7, September 25, and October 9.  Spaces on the tours are limited and reservations are required.  Trips fill months in advance, however, a waiting list is kept.  Wait-listed parties are often contacted shortly before the trip and offered spaces.  The only charge is the ferry fee.  Participants who arrive on their own boats pay no fee. 


For reservations, meeting places, ferry costs, and other information on the trips, call 252-728-2250 ext. 3001

Did You Know?

Humpback whale in front of Cape Lookout lighthouse

Diamond City was a shore-based whaling community located where Barden Inlet now separates the islands of Shackleford Banks and South Core Banks. Crews would row whaling dories out from shore to chase the whales as they migrated past the island. Cape Lookout National Seashore