The domestic yak is smaller and has shorter horns than its wild counterpart. Yaks have large lungs and a complex muscular apparatus that allows them to inhale and exhale rapidly, making them very well-adapted for living in higher elevations. Because of their shaggy and wooly coat, they can survive in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celcius.
- Conservation StatusStable
- Life spanup to 25 years
Body size670-1,800 lbs.
- Native habitat Mountains and high elevations, farms of Tibetan Plateau
- DietVegetation, hay, alfalfa