Outer Banks, North Carolina
On the coasts and small islands of North Carolina, wild horses still roam. The Outer Banks is home to several herds that are descended from Spanish mustangs brought over to North America by the conquistadors about 500 years ago. Previously numbering in the thousands, the size of these herds has dwindled as erosion and human development have reduced their grazing land. The easiest place to see some of these wild horses is at the north end of Ocracoke Island, where the National Park Service maintains a small herd of “banker ponies” in a large fenced-in range.