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

Trinity Favazza vows to continue helping amphibians and their environments

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”.

The Detroit Zoological Society – a renowned leader in humane education, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability – operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.  In recognition of its environmental leadership, the DZS received the top Green Award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and was named Best-Managed Nonprofit by Crain’s Detroit Business.  With an annual regional economic impact of more than $100 million, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, hosting more than 1.5 million visitors annually.  Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to 2,000 animals representing 230 species.  The Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit.  It provides year-round educational, recreational and environmental conservation opportunities for the community.  For hours, prices, directions and other information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

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