Yak

Our Yak, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Yak (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Yak Facts
Yak
Bos grunniens

Type
Mammal
Life Span
23 years
Size
11 feet across
Average Weight
Females: 800 lbs
Males:1800 lbs
Group Name
Herd
Group Size
10-200
Name of Young
Calfe

Our Yak, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Yaks can survive extreme temperature changes. They have dense, shaggy, woolly fur that keeps them warm in cold climates. A yak’s feet are also shaped in a way to help them move in the deep snow. They have large two toed hooves that help distribute their weight.
  • Yaks need to travel great distances to find food since it is so scarce in their region. During the winter, they travel to areas of lower altitude to avoid the extremely cold temperatures and to find food.
  • Female yaks have a gestation period of 258 days. They have a single calf at a time that remains with her for an entire year.
  • Yaks were domesticated 3,000 years ago. They were an important part of the lives of the native Tibetan people. They used yaks for their meat, milk, and wool.

Did You Know?

Yaks have evolved a number of ways to keep warm in frigid temperatures. It is believed that the vegetation they eat ferments in their stomachs at 104°F. This provides them with an “internal furnace” to warm them from the inside.