Archive: Amphibiville Searching for a “Newt” Leader

September 8, 2016

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoo’s Amphibiville is looking for a “toadly” new leader to leap into office this November. The 2-acre wetland village that is home to the National Amphibian Conservation Center is seeking a new mayor for a two-year term.

To join the race, candidates 7-12 years old who live in Michigan must submit an essay of 100 words or fewer on what they can do to help amphibians. All entries must be submitted by October 7, 2016, to or to Mayor of Amphibiville, Detroit Zoological Society, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48067. Entries must include the candidate’s name, age, address and daytime telephone number. The winner will be announced in November.

The new Mayor of Amphibiville will be officially sworn in and receive a plaque inscribed with his or her name displayed in the National Amphibian Conservation Center, a plush frog and a one-year family membership to the Detroit Zoo.

Amphibiville’s outgoing mayor is Jack Salvati, 10, of Milford, Mich., who was sworn into office in November of 2014 and is ending his two-year term.

Amphibiville opened in 2000, featuring the award-winning ‘National Amphibian Conservation Center’ – a state-of-the-art facility that boasts a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians. The Wall Street Journal dubbed the attraction “Disneyland for toads”.