The Lantau Buffalo Association aims to conserve and protect the buffalo at Pui O, Lantau.
The association addresses issues of extinction of the buffalo, collecting academic research and statistics on the buffalo and spreading public education on biodiversity. A Hotmail communication channel has been set up between the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and the association regarding buffalo complaints on Lantau.
The association was inspired by a locally-born foreigner who initiated the idea to conserve the wild buffalo on Lantau. It was set up in March 2004, and from 2006 to the present, I have been involved as Director and Vice-Chair, mainly responsible for research.
There was strong resistance from Government officers on the movement, and little support from other residents with land rights and hidden profits. But our passion for protecting the environment, while ensuring a safe living environment for the buffalo, keeps us going, as well as a growing mutual appreciation between nature and new development.
The association aims to arouse public awareness in bio-diversity and the peaceful living of people and buffalo. Additionally, we want to promote nature tourism on Lantau.
We have organised guided tours for students and the general public to increase their understanding of buffalo and encourage them to re-think their own lives.