IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable
The Tibetan Yak is native to the Himalayas, the Tibetan Plateau, and as far north as Mongolia and Russia. They thrive in alpine tundra, grasslands, and cold desert regions. A relative of the bison and buffalo, these massive, long-haired bovids (they can weigh up to one ton or more) are herd animals and often compete with domestic yaks for resources. This, in addition to poaching, interbreeding, and human conflict, has threatened their survival.