Horse Sense and Survival Ranger Programs on Shackleford Banks
Contact: Wouter Ketel, (252) 728-2250 Ext. 3005
Harkers Island, NC. Cape Lookout National Seashore Acting Superintendent Connie Backlund announces four upcoming ranger-led trips to watch wild horses on Shackleford Banks.
Horse social behavior including stallion fights, mare-foal communication, “alpha” mare leadership, two-stallion harem dynamics and the most subtle communications between horses will be investigated. Home ranges and where the horses find water will be explored. Hands-off horse management practices and data gathering will be discussed. The daily lives of the horses create a different experience every day for onlookers, so each trip is unique.
The horses roam wild on the island, so be prepared to walk a few miles in sand and over hills to find them. This trip is ideally suited for moderately mobile individuals over the age of eight. Participants carry their own drinks and lunch.
The approximately six hour tours will meet on June 20, July 10, September 29 and October 7. Trips leave by commercial passenger ferry from four different sites on Beaufort or HarkersIsland. Ferry fees will be collected by the ferry service and range from $10 – 15 for adults with discounts for young people. There is no charge for the island tour. A ranger will meet the group at the ferry terminal and accompany the group for the day’s activities.
A reservation is required with Cape Lookout National Seashore. A waiting list is kept for these popular trips; a limited number of spaces are available.
Contact the park for a trip brochure, driving directions, a park site bulletin with a map, and answers to your questions: (252) 728-2250 ext. 3002 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Did You Know?
The Scotch Bonnet is North Carolina's state shell. It is one of many that can be found along the beaches of Cape Lookout National Seashore.