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A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society says that in wild yak societies, it's the mothers that are the real climbers. The study found that mothers with young venture on steeper terrain and slightly higher elevation than either males or females without young.
A multinational team of conservationists recently counted nearly 1,000 wild yaks in a remote area of the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau. Nearly decimated by overhunting in the twentieth century, and this find may indicate a significant comeback.
A study published online in Nature Genetics provides important insights into understanding mammal variance and adaptation at high altitude.
China has 3,600,947 square miles of land, more than any other country except Russia, with 6.6 million. (The United States is slightly smaller, with 3,539,244 million square miles of land.) China's climate and geography vary greatly. It has mountains, plains, deserts and four distinct seasons.
The yak (Bos grunniens) is a longhaired humped domestic bovine found in Tibet and throughout the Himalayan region of south central Asia, as well as in Mongolia. In Tibetan, the word yak refers only to the male of the species; a female is a dri or nak. In most languages, which borrowed the word, including English, however, yak is usually used for both sexes. Wild yaks (subspecies B. g. mutus) stand about 6.5 ft (2 meters) tall at the shoulder. Domestic yaks are about half that height. Both...