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Detroit Zoo's 10-year-old mayor's unforgettable first year

Thousands of endangered species bred and released into wild

Detroit Zoo mayor Trinity Favazza, her family, and DZS CEO Ron Kagan
Detroit Zoo mayor Trinity Favazza, her family, and DZS CEO Ron Kagan

DETROIT – 10-year-old mayor oversees Detroit's amphibian wildlife conservation efforts,

Shelby Township's Trinity Favazza is halfway through her two-year term as Detroit Zoo's mayor of Amphibiville.

In November 2016, Favazza was sworn into office after her essay was read by zoo officials. Since her inaguration, she has worked hard for the amphibian community, including working with FrogWatch USA -- a program that allowed her to spend part of her summer doing fieldwork in local wetlands. 

“It’s been a big year not only for Trinity, but for the National Amphibian Conservation Center,” said Ron Kagan, CEO for the Detroit Zoological Society.  “With nearly half of the world’s 7,660 known amphibian species at risk due to habitat loss, climate change, pollution, infectious diseases and other factors, we are making significant progress in reversing the global extinction crisis these animals are facing.”

Nearly 6,000 critically endangered Puerto Rican crested toad tadpoles were released at a biological reserve in Puerto Rico, and approximately 700 Wyoming toad tadpoles wee released into protected wetlands in Wyoming this year after being bred at the Detroit Zoo. 

“Having a ‘mayor’ of this important conservation center helps spread our mission to younger generations who have so much to contribute as they grow up and become stewards of this planet,” Kagan said.

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