About This Project

The Tibetan’s friend

Yaks are adapted to life in the Tibetan mountains: altitudes up to 6,000 metres, temperatures as low as -40°C… They have developed a number of characteristics to help them survive the lack of oxygen, the cold and the powerful sunlight found there.

The domestic yak is greatly valued by the Tibetans, since it provides meat, wool, milk…
Wild yaks are now only found in the very few areas not disturbed by Man and are considered endangered.

Latin name: Bos mutus
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetartiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Size: up to 3.25 m long, 2 m tall
Weight: 330 – 1000 kg
Lifespan: 20 years
Gestation: 9 months
Number of young: 1
Habitat: mountain
Distribution: Tibetan plateau (China, India, extinct in Nepal and Bhutan)
Conservation status: vulnerable