WHAT IS THE YAK?
The yak weighs up to 2200 lb pounds
and its habitat is the treeless uplands, including
plains, hills, and mountains of the Tibetan plateau
and adjacent highlands, including Gansu Province,
China. It stays in high areas with permanent snow
during the warmer months of August and September,
and spends the rest of the year at lower elevations.
The wild yak grazes on grasses, herbs and lichens.
Ordinarily it gathers in groups of 10 - 30 or more,
but it may occasionally be observed in large groups
of 100 - 200. The wild yak was once numerous and
widespread on the entire Tibetan plateau north of
the Himalayas. Wild yak distribution is highly clumped,
with most animals in widely scattered herds, concentrated
in the areas with little disturbance by humans.
Uncontrolled hunting by natives and military personnel
is the main reason for the wild yak's decline. It's
range has been reduced by more than half during
this century. Poaching remains the main current