Posts in Yak
When Are You Looking At A Wild Yak?

The Wooly and SuperWooly breed in North America are most closely related to the this rare "Long-Hair Fur Forehead Yak” and current genetics research bares this out. They not considered a “breed” according to researchers - meaning they are not “man-made” through selective breeding (Weiner et al. 2003). The Tibetan locals agree that this subspecies is only found in the south of Qinghai and only in remote pockets in the highlands of Qinghai...

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YakNicole Porter
Long-hair fur forehead yak (རིང་པོ སྐྲ སྤུ དཔྲལ་བ། འབྲོང)

While their domesticated counterparts can be found in a much more varied area in the oriental region, the main geographic range of wild B. grunniens is limited to the Tibetan Plateau, which includes "...the western edge of Gansu Province, Qinghai Province, the southern rim of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, and the Tibet Autonomous Region." (Schaller & Wulin, 1995)...

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YakNicole Porter
Ligers and Zebroids and Yow, Oh My!

Ligers are the Franken-feline achieved by crossing a lion and a tiger. Ligers are always sterile. Zebroids, Zebras crossed with other species, are also almost always infertile, and often suffer health consequences of dwarfism. While the dwarf zebroids can still run, ligers suffer from acromegaly, or "giantism" and grow too big. 

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YakNicole Porter
Importance of Yak to Tibetan Culture

Thubten Jigme Norbu, the elder brother of the 14th Dalai Lama, reported on his journey from Kumbum in Amdo to Lhasa in 1950: "Before long I was to see the vast herds of drongs with my own eyes. The sight of those beautiful and powerful beasts who from time immemorial have made their home on Tibet's high and barren plateaux never ceased to fascinate me... 

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North American Heritage Yak

There is no official global definition or certification for “heritageanimals, but heritage breeds are historic breeds that have been around for decades or even hundreds of years. They are a part of our heritage, and they retain essential attributes for survival and self-sufficiency – fertility, foraging ability, longevity, maternal …

 

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