Tibetan wild yak | Southern Africa Wildlife Guide

Tibetan wild yak | Southern Africa Wildlife Guide



Wild yaks are polygynous; this means that males mate with more than one female in a single breeding season. They breed from July to September. Prior to mating, there is a period called "rut". During this time solitary males return to the herd and become highly competitive with each other. 

If several males return at the same time, fighting may occur, competing to be the dominant animal in the herd. Frightened or defeated males don't give up the competition, but leave for 2-3 days grazing and then return to fight again. Females typically give birth once every other year to only one calf. 


The gestation period is between 257 to 270 days. Calves are born fully developed and are able to walk about ten minutes after being born. Weaning takes place at one year of age and calves become independent soon after. Young Wild yaks become reproductively mature between 4 to 6 years of age.

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Tibetan wild yak | Southern Africa Wildlife Guide


Tibetan wild yak | Southern Africa Wildlife Guide

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