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Domesticated Yak
Domesticated Yak
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Latin Name Bos grunniens
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location Asia
Colour Brown
Length Up to 3.3 m (11 ft)
Tail 60 cm (23.5 inches)
Weight Up to 1,000 kgs (2,200 lbs)
Life Expectancy 25 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Yak have a body length up to 3.3 m (11 ft), a tail length of approximately 60 cms (23.5 inches) and they weigh up to 1,000 kgs (2,200 lbs). Wild Yak are much larger than those that have been domesticated.


Wild Yak can be found on the Tibetan Plateau in Asia, whereas domesticated Yak are more widespread in Asia.


Yak feed on grasses, shrubs, forbs and other vegetation.


Subspecies of the Yak are:

Bos grunniens grunniens

Bos grunniens mutus

Interesting Facts

Domesticated Yak are very important to the people of south and south east Asia as they provide meat, milk, wool and transport.

Similar Animals

American Bison
European Bison
Asian Water Buffalo
African Buffalo


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