Queen Of The Frogs: Meet The Mayor of Amphibiville

Greg Bowman & Brooke Allen
October 03, 2018 - 9:57 pm

Credit / Utica Schools

ROYAL OAK (WWJ) - If you see rocks with pictures of amphibians around the community, you can thank the mayor. 

Trinity Favazza, named the Mayor of Amphibiville by the Detroit Zoo, is making the rocks as part of a conservation project to remind others about the importance of taking care of nature. 

"I came up with an idea where I would paint amphibians on them and I'm going to rehide those around the community and the Detroit Zoo to spread the word about amphibian conservation," Favazza told WWJ's Greg Bowman.

It is also another example of why the Switzer Elementary sixth grader is one of ten students honored nationally for her work to promote environmental awareness. 

She recently visited Washington, D.C. to receive the President’s Environmental Youth Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for Region 5, which includes Michigan. 

"I was a little nervous at first, I started to realize that it was going to be super awesome and like, the best memory of my life. 

“It was amazing,” she said. “I feel so blessed because most kids do not get awards from the White House or the president.”|

Favazza became the officially appointed representative of amphibians after she wrote an essay about them for a contest sponsored by the zoo. She also is one of the youngest certified members of FrogWatch USA.

Her love of frogs, toads, salamanders grew from helping her dad clean the fields by their house.

“I have been doing that for so long I just realized amphibians are so awesome and cool,” she said. 

As mayor, Favazza helps the zoo with cleaning and caring for the amphibians at the zoo’s exhibit. 

She also spearheads conservation efforts, such as when she lobbied for a state legislative bill that would halt frog hunting and spearing. 

Her next effort is creating amphibian rocks that will be placed around the community and at the zoo. "I came up with an idea where I would paint amphibians on them and I'm going to re-hide those around the community and the Detroit Zoo to spread the word about amphibian conservation," said Favazza.

Caring for frogs and other amphibians is easy and for the most part just keeping the area around them clean and “just let them be,” she said.

“They are very sensitive to environmental change."

While she has a bit of time before she graduates from high school, Favazza said she is leaning toward being a teacher like her mom so she can continue to inspire others. 

“I know that I want to be connected with amphibians and nature,” she said. 

Amphibiville at the zoo is a 2-acre wetland village that is home to the National Amphibian Conservation Center.