However wild populations may occasionally be found in
remote parts of Ladakh. Sightings of wild yak have also been
recently reported from parts of Spiti and eastern Kumaon, in India, and
between Nepal-Tibet border further north. They are
found upto elevations of an incredible 6100 m above sea level.
Bharal or Himalayan Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur)
It is a common sight for trekkers to come across the Bharal - the
Himalayan blue sheep - grazing in the alpine pastures.
However, in spite of of its name, the Bharal is neither blue nor a
sheep. It is a cross between a sheep and a goat, but is larger
than either. It has rounded and smooth horns that curve backwards.
Incredibly sure footed, Bharals usually graze over 14,000 ft coming down
lower only in the winters. They move
around steep crumbly mountainsides, and move about in large herds. As a
result, it is usually only the trekkers who get to see
lbex (Capra ibex)
The ibex is a sturdy thick set goat with males having a grey beard and
a coarse coat of brittle hairs. The colour of its coat varies from
season to season. This animal is found in all parts of the cold deserts
usually between the treeline and the snowline. They graze in the
early morning and late evenings.
Many varieties of deer are found in the lower Himalayas. Especially in
the Corbett National Park, numerous varieties of deer may be spotted. As
one gains altitude, deer become less common.
The area around Kedarnath, Garhwal , and parts of Nepal is known for
the elusive dog like Moschus Moschiferus or the Musk Deer. The Musk deer
is occupies a position somewhere between deer and antelope. Its
distinguishing features include dog like canines extending
outside the mouth of the male. They are reclusive animals and
generally hang out in solitary pairs, keeping to the dense
undergrowth. Unfortunately, this elusiveness has not helped them survive in any considerable numbers. The species is hunted for the musk gland situated below the abdomen of the male. It is an endangered species.