Area of zoo
Population in the wild
Bos mutus grunniens
China and India
Grasslands on mountains and plateaus
- Yaks can survive winter storms as cold as -40°C.
- Yaks live between 4000m and 6100m, that's as high as 16 Empire state buildings stacked.
- Climate change is making yak farming much tougher, as warmer temperatures are causing more disease and inedible plants are now growing in their range, which is putting farmers livelihoods at risk.
- Yaks can use their horns to dig through snow to uncover plants.
- Like cows, yaks have two stomachs to help digest nutrients from their food.
- Yaks were first domesticated 10,000 years ago by Qiang herdsmen domesticated yaks some 10,000 years ago
Our yak herd are each named after characters in Harry Potter. We have Harry, Voldemort, Luna, Bellatrix, Hermione and Ginny.
Baby Yaks at the Zoo
Born to Mum Hermione and Dad Voldemort at the UK’s largest Zoo on Thursday 26 March, the yak (bos mutus grunniens) calf will be named after its first health check, when vets will be able to determine its sex.
The remaining wild yaks are at risk of extinction due to poaching, interbreeding with domestic yaks and habitat loss caused by farming and climate change.