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The Yak is a long-haired bovine found throughout the Himalayan region of south Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia and Russia.


Yak are related to cattle.

Yak Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Bos

Yak in Foreign Languages:

Czech: jak
Dutch: jak
Esperanto: gruntbovo
Finnish: jakki
French: yack, yak
Georgian: iaki
German: Yak, Jak
Hungarian: jak
Icelandic: jakuxi
Ido: yako
Italian: yak
Japanese: yaku
Macedonian: jak
Mongolian: sarlag
Navajo: béégashii'ilí
Polish: jak
Romanian: iac
Russian: jak
Slovene: jak
Spanish: yac, yak
Swedish: jak
Turkish: yak

Other Names: Grunting Ox,

The wild yak can weighs up to 2200 lbs and stands up to 6.5' at the shoulder. Females are typically 1/3 of the weight of male yaks.


Conservation Status: Critically Endangered

Habitat: Yak are found in the the Himalayan region of south Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia and Russia.

Description: Yaks are heavily built animals with a bulky frame, sturdy legs, and rounded cloven hooves. The wild yak has a dense undercoat of soft, matted fur which is covered by generally dark brown to black outer hair. Yak's have a long, shaggy coat that reaches almost to the ground.

Behavior: Yaks are quiet, intelligent creatures.

Diet: Yaks are herbivores eating primarily grasses.

Did You Know?

Yaks were domesticated in Tibet.

Gestation: Yaks carry their young for approximately 257 to 270 days.

Birth: Yak's give birth to a single calf every 2 to 3 years. Yak calves become independent a year after their birth.

Sexually Mature: Yaks sexually mature between 18 months to 4 years of age.

Life Span: Yaks typically live 15 to 20 years.

Did You Know?

The wild yak is supremely well adapted to the harsh highlands with a thick coat, great lung capacity, and ability to clamber nimbly over rough terrain.

Social Structure: Most wild yaks travel in large herds with their young, they are often found in herds with up to 100 or more animals of all ages. Herds of yaks will occur yaks of both sexes.

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