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
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
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
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
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
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
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