Archive: Detroit Zoo’s Mayor of Amphibiville Sworn Into Office for a Second Term

Trinity Favazza vows to continue helping amphibians and their environments

November 1, 2018

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

Trinity Favazza, 11, of Shelby Township, Mich., was sworn in as Mayor of Amphibiville on November 1 for a second two-year term. Amphibiville is a 2-acre wetland village that is home to the Detroit Zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center.

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) invited candidates ages 7-12 who live in Michigan to enter the race for Mayor of Amphibiville by submitting an essay of 100 words or fewer on what they can do to help amphibians.

“We’re delighted that Trinity decided to run for Mayor of Amphibiville for another term,” said Ron Kagan, DZS executive director and CEO. “She has done an outstanding job these past two years educating her classmates about amphibians, cleaning up local wetlands and promoting her efforts on social media.”

In September, Trinity was one of 10 students nationally to receive the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 President’s Environmental Youth Award. She was recognized for her work to protect local wetlands and raise awareness of amphibian conservation as Mayor of Amphibiville.

She has also participated in many amphibian-related events through the DZS, including the local chapter of FrogWatch USA, a citizen science program that allowed her to spend part of her summers doing fieldwork at a local wetland.

“I have really enjoyed my past two years as Mayor of Amphibiville. I feel super blessed to have such an amazing opportunity to continue helping amphibians and making their environments better,” Trinity said.

A plaque bearing Trinity’s name and photo will remain on display in the National Amphibian Conservation Center throughout her second term.

The National Amphibian Conservation Center is a world-renowned center for amphibian conservation, care, exhibition and research. The state-of-the-art facility features a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians. The Wall Street Journal dubbed the attraction “Disneyland for toads”.