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Asia
Bos grunniens at Letdar on Annapurna Circuit * To See the original image, please click the image
Shared by : Aksana Dallakoti (Nepal)
Region : India, China and Nepal
Status : Vulnerable
Introduction
The exotic animal, which comes under the IUCN red list of threatened species, are found primarily in northern Tibet and western Qinghai, with some populations extending into the southernmost parts of Xinjiang, in Nepal and Bhutan wild yaks were found, with striking example of Nepal’s success in wildlife conservation, the regionally extinct wild yak has been spotted in Limi valley of Humla district.

Wild yaks are some of the world’s largest bovines and are second only to the gaur in shoulder height. Wild males can stand 2 to 2.2 meters tall at their shoulder, be over 3 meters long and weigh up to 1,000 kg. Females are smaller and travel with males in packs up to 30 strong. The head and body length is 2.5 to 3.3 m (8.2 to 11 ft), not counting the tail of 60 to 100 cm (24 to 39 in). The females are about one-third the weight and are about 30% smaller in their linear dimensions when compared to bull wild. Tibetan wolves have been known to successfully hunt wild yaks despite their much smaller size but wild yaks are usually too large to be bothered by many other predators.
Threats
Uncontrolled hunting is the main reason for the wild yak's decline, and it is still the most serious current threat. Its range has been reduced by more than half during this century. In addition, the wild yak has lost most of the best alpine meadow and steppe habitat to pastoralists. In Nepal, Wild yak is challenge for us to conserve it as it once got extinct. Wild yaks are found only in India, China and Nepal. Their population has been estimated around 15,000, of which 9,000 have been counted in Tibet.

References :
http://www.animalinfo.org/species/artiperi/bos_mutu.htm
http://www.nepalmountainnews.com/cms/2015/04/21/wild-yak-spotted-after-50-years/
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/summary/2892/0

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