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NC - Herd History: Corolla Wild Horse Fund using tissue-collecting darts for DNA tracing

Before now, the true origin of Corolla’s wild banker horses lied somewhere between story and science. In an ambitious new project, the two are weaving together to help shape the herd’s future, while telling the story of their past.

COROLLA, N.C. (WAVY) — Before now, the true origin of Corolla’s wild banker horses lied somewhere between story and science. In an ambitious new project, the two are weaving together to help shape the herd’s future, while telling the story of their past.

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund‘s main goal is to protect and preserve the herds that roam the dunes of coastal North Carolina.

They agree that folklore is just as important as scientific fact, but science is helping them learn how to better care for them.

“Our mission here with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund is to save the breed,” says herd manager Meg Puckett. “So, in order to do that, we need to know everything we can about these horses … and that includes literally right down to the DNA.”

A new DNA project is helping piece together the herd’s history by unraveling the true lineage of each horse in the group.


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