A significant part of my job during the past nine years has been managing and being responsible for a small herd of Asian Water Buffalo on one of our reserves.
When you mention buffalo people usually think of American Buffalo (Bison to be correct) or the notoriously aggressive African or Cape Buffalo. However, although wary of strangers Asian Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) are quite docile and relatively easy to handle. Our lead animal will in fact roll over so that I can rub his belly.
I have compiled this fact file about Asian Water Buffalo
The buffalo stay on the site all year and are ideally suited to the wet conditions on the reserve and in summer spend a lot of time relaxing in ponds or ditches.
In fact the perimeter fence has to go down under water where it crosses the ditches to prevent the buffalo swimming out!
When I wrote this post we were constructing a facility for handling the buffalo to check their health and condition, which worked really well.