Tibetan Yak

Tibetan yaks are native to the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal and Tibet. They were domesticated in Tibet nearly 5,000 years ago. They can survive in rocky, alpine terrain with meadows for grazing. They are highly adaptable to a variety of habitats.

There are probably fewer than 400 wild yaks in Tibet and Nepal today. The wild yak (Bos grunniens mutus) is listed as an endangered species. Major threats to wild yaks are hybridization and competition with domestic stock, poaching and habitat disturbance.

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