Sunset for our buffalo herds?

Water buffaloes have hit the local headlines more often recently than in their entire history. Their habitat - encroached on by roads, development and increased contact with humans - has led to neglect and conflict and, in one case, human injury.

Saturday, 18 June, 2011, 12:00am

Big beasts are happiest when living a quiet life

Buffalo husbandry in China has a 4,000-year history.

Hong Kong's buffaloes are descended from wild beasts that came originally from India. They have long horns, thick smooth hides and wide-splayed, hoofed feet.

Buffaloes are intelligent and not difficult to tame, but are naturally timid and startle easily. They must be handled quietly and calmly.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Yak to the future

Spinning yarn and making cheese aren't pursuits you'd expect Harvard graduates to turn their minds to, but that's just what Marie So Tze-kwan and Carol Chyau Won-sung are doing. Through their non-profit company, Ventures in Development (ViD), the pair are helping people in the most impoverished corners of Qinghai and Yunnan to generate lucrative products from their yak herds.

25 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

From Harvard to shearing yaks for Tibetan nomads

It's unusual for a Harvard business graduate, but Marie So Tze-kwan (left) thinks she has the world's best job, working with yaks.

With Taiwanese school pal Carol Chyau, they've started a non-profit company whose first effort is to help Tibetan nomads become sustainable.

3 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Buffalo call: reserve's recruit needs a name

Mai Po Nature Reserve has a problem it hopes the public can solve. The reserve's latest staff recruit - a five-year-old female Asian Water Buffalo - has plenty of personality but does not yet have a name.

The buffalo is part of a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) research project at Mai Po.

12 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

The amazing yak cheese

Three days' drive from the provincial capital Xining, and 4,000 metres above sea level, Qinghai belongs to nomads, a world of felt tents and yak herders. A snowy peak hovers above a valley forgotten by the world.

12 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Cloning success brings new hope

A team of scientists in Massachusetts, the United States has succeeded in cloning a gaur, an endangered species resembling an ox.

The number of gaurs has dropped to only about 36,000 worldwide.

20 Dec 2000 - 12:00am