Himalayan Yak

Himalayan Yak

Why in news : The Himalayan Yak has earned the food animal tag from the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI).

Significance of the move :

  • It will help to fight with the falling numbers of the animal.
  • It will also bring the animal’s milk and meat into mainstream.

Himalayan Yak

About Himalayan Yak :

  • It is a species of long-haired domesticatedcattle found throughout the Himalayan region .
  • It belongs to the bovini tribe.
  • It can tolerate the temperature as low as -40 degree
  • They are most comfortable above 14000 feet.
  • In India, they are found in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Distribution of Himalayan Yak :

Protection status of Himalayan Yak :

  • IUCN redlist status : Vulnerable
  • CITES : Appendix-I
  • Indian Wildlife Protetion Act 1972- Schedule-I

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