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ROBERT ZHAO RENHUI 赵仁辉
b. 1983, works and lives in Singapore

ROBERT ZHAO RENHUI 赵仁辉
2018
Diasec in frame
60(H)*40(W)cm
Edition of 3 + 1AP
ZRH_6845

Believed to be imported into Taiwan with plants, the brown anole’s first recorded sighting was in 2000 near a plant nursery in Chiayi County. The lizard is originally from Cuba and the Bahamas and it is listed as the top 100 invasive species of all time.

Since 2009, the government has tried ways to reduce the population of these lizards and restrict them to Chiayi County. A 2015 survey estimated that there were 2.58 million anoles in the county, and the government planned on removing 30 per cent of this population annually to prevent the lizards from spreading in Taiwan. To do so, the authorities gave out a 20 yuan bounty to local villagers per lizard caught. In 2009, 88,838 were caught by villagers. By 2013, the price of each anole was reduced to 3 yuan each and the total number captured was 133,333.

Scientists can typically catch 200 individuals in a single hour in an evening. The lizards are removed with a pair of metallic forceps while they are sleeping at on leaves or tree trunks. Further research is currently being carried out on the impact that the brown anole has on native reptiles.

Related Exhibitions:
Taipei Biennial 2018 Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan 11.17, 2018 -03.10, 2019


Related Works:
ZRH_2152
11th October 2017, Red-necked Phalarope, Adult, Left Wing Fracture, Taipei
ZRH_9685
White-lipped Tree Frog (Polypedates braueri)
ZRH_2885
Tilapia (A National Treasure)
ZRH_9401
6th August 2018, Taiwan Barbet, Juvenile, Human Cause, Tree Removal, Hsinchu
ZRH_6499
3rd August 2018, Taiwan Whistling Thrush, Juvenile, Fallen out of Nest, Unable to Stand, Near a Home, Taipei
ZRH_8927
14th December 2017, Daurian Redstart, Adult, Human Causes (Sticky Mouse Trap), Hsinchu
ZRH_7071
16th May 2018, Javan Mynah, Juvenile, Natural Causes, Learning to Fly, Taipei
ZRH_2890
The Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
ZRH_0355
European Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
ZRH_0205
1st May 2018, Taiwan Blue Magpie, Juvenile, Natural Causes, Learning to fly, Taipei
ZRH_2509
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus), Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus)
ZRH_1101
The Antipodean Albatross (​​Diomedea antipodensis)
ZRH_4806
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
ZRH_6891
A hybrid of the Blue Magpie (​Urocissa erythroryncha and Urocissa caerulea​​)


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