Himalayan Yak

About: Himalayan Yak is the lifeline of pastoral nomads in high altitudes of the Indian Himalayan region and is facing the threat of gradually rising temperatures in the region.

Characteristics: Yak is accustomed to very cold temperatures and can survive up to minus 40 degrees but finds is difficult when the temperature crosses 13 degrees. “Yak can efficiently conserve its body heat during cold weather conditions and has minimal body mechanism to dissipate heat by way of sweating. This makes yak more susceptible to heat stress.”

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