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YAK


Scientific NameBos grunniens Linn
Common NameYak
DistributionThroughout the Himalayan region, primarily in Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir)
Conservation StatusVulnerable

Social Role

While the yak itself is not sacred, its bushy tail is in great demand as a fly-whisk (fan) in many Buddhist monasteries and temples.

Yaks are domesticated for their milk, fibres (used as knitting wool), skin (used for coats and as floor rugs), meat and as beasts of burden. They transport goods across mountain.

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