Adopt A Pony
Legend has it the Ocracoke ponies arrived here with shipwrecked explorers in the 16th or 17th century, and they’ve called the island home ever since. While many of these early ponies were claimed by residents, some were left to roam wild. The National Park Service took over their care and maintenance in the 1960s to keep them safe as the island’s human population continued to grow.
Now you can help these beautiful and unique ponies by symbolically adopting an Ocracoke pony! Your support of the ponies – individually or the herd – will help to pay for their ongoing care and feeding.