ROBERT ZHAO RENHUI 赵仁辉
Archival Digital Print in Frame
Edition of 3ZRH_7830
All domesticated chickens trace their ancestry back to the red jungle fowl, which is native to Singapore, and was first domesticated about 5,000 years ago.
Due to urbanisation, the red jungle fowl was locally extinct as of 1927, but was re-discovered in 1985 on Pulau Ubin. Since 1993, starting from the east side, they have spread back onto the mainland. They are now a common sight in residential neighbourhoods like Yishun and Bukit Gombak.
The resurgence of jungle fowl today is related to the selective re-greening of the city, an attempt to soften the urban landscape with greenery. These photographs were taken in Sin Ming Avenue, and the family in these photos was put down earlier this year due to complaints by nearby residents.
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