I like this yak, it looks like its wearing a skull mask. The yak is a herd animal found in the mountainous regions of central Asia. The yak tends to gather in herds from 10 yaks to 100 yaks, most of which are female. There are only a few male yaks per herd. Although there is a large domestic population of yak, there are only a few wild yak remaining. The yak is still used in many parts of central Asia for pulling heavy farm machines and transporting large loads through the moutain passes. Although they have been domesticated for at least 2 000 years, domestic and wild yaks are still considered to be the same species. A wild male can stand up to 2 m (6.5 ft.) at the shoulder and weigh around 1 t (1.1 tn.). Females weigh about a third less.
Throughout history, the domesticated yak of central Asia has provided Tibetan and Nepali herders with wool, leather, meat, milk and cheese. Yaks are used by humans as beasts of burden. Their dung is used as fuel and fertilizer.
Domesticated yaks are abundant, but the larger wild yak is endangered. Once widely distributed in the high valleys and plateaus of Tibet and the adjoining mountain country, the yak was decimated by hunting, surviving in scattered, isolated herds in the most remote, inhospitable areas. Although officially protected from hunting and commercial trade, these restrictions are almost impossible to enforce in the remote areas where the yak is now found. Its future depends on suitable reserves with good pastures and efficient protection. I was told by one of my guide they hardly slaughter yak for meat anymore. #tbc#yak#wild#domesticated#herd#himalayan#range#yak#transporter#transport#delivery#nepal#ebc#cold#sunshine#destination#mountains#nature#trip#natgeo#holiday#vacation#getaway#skull#face#skullface#photography#darkangle