Detroit Zoo seeks youth to apply for next mayor of Amphibiville

By: Sarah Wojcik | Metro | Published April 21, 2021

 Trinity Favazza, 14, of Shelby Township, will round out her four-year term as mayor of Amphibiville at the Detroit Zoo this summer.

Trinity Favazza, 14, of Shelby Township, will round out her four-year term as mayor of Amphibiville at the Detroit Zoo this summer.

Photo provided by Angel Favazza

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ROYAL OAK — Young frog and toad lovers, take note.

The Detroit Zoological Society is now accepting applications from Michigan residents ages 7 to 12 to be the next mayor of Amphibiville, a 2-acre wetland village that houses the award-winning National Amphibian Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo.

The building is home to large natural habitats for a wide variety of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians, with an emphasis on education and awareness of the role they play in the environment.

Interested candidates can apply by submitting an essay of 100 words or less on what they can do to help amphibians. All entries must be submitted by April 30 via email at socialmedia@dzs.org or by mail at Mayor of Amphibiville, Detroit Zoological Society, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067.

Entries must contain the candidate’s name, age, address and a daytime phone number. The zoo will announce a winner this summer with an official swearing-in ceremony.

The new mayor of Amphibiville will have a plaque inscribed with the mayor’s name displayed in the National Amphibian Conservation Center throughout the two-year term of office, as well as a family membership to the Detroit Zoo.

“Having a mayor of this important conservation center helps to engage younger generations who have so much to contribute as they grow up and become stewards of this planet,” Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan said in a prepared statement.

Trinity Favazza, 14, of Shelby Township, is rounding out her second two-year term as mayor of Amphibiville. Her passion for amphibians has led her to accrue a number of accolades, including the creation of a statewide Amphibian Conservation Awareness Week in 2018.

Favazza said some of the highlights during her time as mayor include traveling to London and Manchester, England, to attend the Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium; going to Washington, D.C., to accept a 2018 President’s Environmental Youth Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and visiting the Google headquarters in San Francisco for the Action for Nature Eco-Hero Conference.

She received a Future Leaders in Amphibian Conservation scholarship through the Amphibian Survival Alliance that covered her airfare and hotel for the trip to the United Kingdom. Her family covered the cost of the other trips.

The eighth grader plans to continue her journey of wildlife conservation and environmental activism after her term expires, and she hopes to continue working with the Detroit Zoo.

“It’s been a great opportunity to be able to spread awareness about amphibian conservation, and the zoo has been a great platform for me to begin reaching out politically and to keep my voice rising up,” Favazza said.

She added that she has relished meeting other people who enjoy doing the same things and helping the environment, and she hopes the next mayor of Amphibiville uses his or her platform to make a difference for amphibians and work to establish more laws to protect them.

Her advice for the next mayor is to keep a positive attitude and, even when things don’t seem to go the right way, to persevere and keep moving forward for the health and well-being of amphibians.

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, west of Woodward Avenue.

For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org.

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