Kids with a love of animals and ecology can serve both as the new Mayor of Amphibiville at the Detroit Zoo.
The Detroit Zoological Society is looking for a new mayor after the expired term of Trinity Favazza, a 14-year-old from Shelby Township whose two-term administration included the creation of a statewide Amphibian Conservation Awareness Week in 2018.
There will be no campaigning required for this election; the next mayor will be selected by the Detroit Zoological Society from submitted applications. Candidates must be 7-12 years old and live in Michigan. They are asked to write a 100-word essay about what they can do to help amphibians and submit it by April 30, 2021.
The next mayor will be announced at an official swearing-in ceremony this summer, and will reign over the 2-acre wetland village at the Detroit Zoo known as Amphibiville. The new mayor serves a two-year term, will have a plaque inscribed with his or her name that will be on display in the National Amphibian Conservation Center and will receive 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,” says DZS Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan in a news release.
Amphibiville opened in 2000 and is the location of the National Amphibian Conservation Center, a spacious habitat for more than a thousand amphibians from around the world. In addition to the frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians that call the NACC home, the building also has interactive exhibits and video links for guests while serving as a research facility for scientists.
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