Yak (Bos grunniens)

Domestic yaks are generally blackish brown although there may be some variation in color due to cross-breeding with cattle (see zomo).


Figure 1: Yak

Yaks are herd animals that spend most of their time grazing. They are active during the day. Domestic yaks are kept as beasts of burden. Their hair is often used to make woolen items such as blankets and clothing.

Yaks are grazers, mostly eating grass.

The yak’s habitat varies.

Animals that look similar:
Yak-cow hybrids, such as the zomo, can appear very similar to yaks.

Images of yaks

These are images from our research cameras that CatCam visitors have identified as containing at least one yak. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image


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Oliphant, M. 2003. “Bos grunniens” (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed July 25, 2012 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Bos_grunniens.html