Corolla Wild Horse Fund establishes Land Acquisition Fund to preserve wild horse habitat

By on November 17, 2022

(Corolla Wild Horse Fund)

(Corolla Wild Horse Fund)

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund has announced this initiative to expand and protect the wild horse habitat and is seeking public support for its efforts. Here is the information.

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF), in partnership with the community, is excited to share details about an initiative to acquire and preserve habitat for the wild Banker horses of the Currituck Outer Banks.

Habitat preservation and conversion is crucial to the long-term survival of the Banker horses. They are recognized as a landrace breed — one that has genetically adapted to and is able to survive its unique habitat, has distinctive and identifiable traits, has not been purposefully improved by the introduction of domestic, standardized stock, and has a historical origin in a specific region.

To protect the integrity of the breed, a wild population must be maintained in the habitat in which the horses have lived for the last several centuries. As the rate of development on the northern Outer Banks accelerates every year, so does the need to preserve as much land as possible. This not only provides suitable habitat for the horses, but also the connected corridor helps manage fragmentation delivering benefits to other wildlife, natural resources, and native plants as well.

As part of the Wild Horse Management Agreement for protection of the Corolla wild horses, CWHF has been leading efforts to identify and acquire properties that offer suitable habitat. A targeted north-to-south corridor of undeveloped property has been identified using detailed data collected by CWHF on horse movement and grazing patterns, herd dynamics and behavior, and utilization of habitat areas by the horses at different times of the year. Since 2017, nine lots have been secured, including lots bequeathed to the organization for conservation and habitat preservation. These efforts are consistent with Imagine Currituck Vision 2040 land use policy emphasis for the off-road area that includes protecting natural resources, open space, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity through a variety of conservation methods.

CWHF has established a Land Acquisition Fund that allows supporters to donate towards the purchase, conversion to habitat, and habitat maintenance for property that will be held in conservation into perpetuity. Funds will also be used to improve property where appropriate, including monitoring water quality, planting native, horse-friendly vegetation, and to help prevent unnatural flooding. Supporters can also donate land to the Land Acquisition Fund to be included in the corridor and land management program.

“The County is very supportive of the initiatives by the community and CWHF to protect the Corolla wild horses and ensure that the horses and other wildlife enjoy natural habitat,” said Bob White, District 1 commissioner. “This is good not only for nature, but also for the enjoyment of the beauty of the off-road and the co-benefits delivered to the community.”

CWHF is dedicated to a long-term, multi-faceted approach to save the Banker horses from extinction in the wild. The approach includes breed conservation in the form of DNA research, increased education and advocacy efforts, maintaining cooperative relationships with county, state, and federal agencies, partnering with community leaders, real estate companies, and local businesses, and this major undertaking to acquire and preserve as much wild habitat as possible.

For more information visit Land Preservation Initiative | Corolla Wild Horses | Corolla Wild Horse Fund.  






  • Mike Raphone

    They need to pen those horses up like they did in Ocracoke due to the unfortunate fact that people can’t follow simple directions, such as “do not feed the horses”, and “Stay away from the horses”. Not to mention the highly annoying “horse tours”. People who pay thousands of dollars for a week at a rental house gain a sense of “I will do what I damn well please”, and cannot be bothered with rules.

    Thursday, Nov 17 @ 11:34 am
  • Mike Saxophone

    Yeah, them horrible rental people always killing the horses… Evil monsters, they the devil I tell ya!!!

    Thursday, Nov 17 @ 6:28 pm
  • surf123

    Good idea if the horses are the only ones allowed in any acquired land. The horse tours harass the horses. Just let them live without any gawkers.

    Friday, Nov 18 @ 12:25 am
  • Lee

    I bet Bob is surely supportive due to the fact he owns three of the six horse tour businesses and brings in a million dollars a year. He also sits on the board of CWHF. No conflict of interest if you shut your eyes. No invasion of privacy to the residents if you don’t live there. Horse tours horas horses . residents and tourist. The horses popularity will be the cause of their demise.

    Friday, Nov 18 @ 12:45 pm
  • Marsha Sluss

    The constant social media posting and tours will cause the demise of the horses. Too many people up in the 4 x 4, ruining the beauty of area and the last place left for the horses. Buying some land is nice, but the overall population needs to be controlled. The parking passes helped, but more needs to be done.

    Saturday, Nov 19 @ 7:55 am
  • Joseph buttafuco

    The horse one is a complete joke. Just relocate these animals get them out of there to ensure their survival. The horse tours chasing them down corralling them it is pitiful to see what they do there is virtually no enforcement of the rules up there it’s all about the dollar

    Monday, Nov 21 @ 7:07 pm
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