Yaks, Facts About Them
Yaks seem so exotic because they are not in every area of the world. They are mostly found in the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayas. They are related to the buffalo and bison. There are two types, the wild and the domesticated. They are very valued animals because the people depend on their fur, milk, meat and dung (used for fuel). The domesticated yak's population is not endangered, but the wild yak population is nearly endangered because of lots of hunting and the loss of habitat. They are big animals, yet the domesticated ones are smaller than the wild ones. Wild yaks also have longer fur than the domesticated yak. The thick fur helps with the extreme cold. They are herbivores eating only grass, lichens and tubers. They chew their cud like cows, re chewing their food before finally swallowing. They have horns and the horns prevent predators. The Tibetan wolf is the Yak's main predator. A female Yak's pregnancy lasts 9 months and only 1 baby is born (much like humans). The wild yak can live as long as 20 years in the wild.