Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Adults-only Snore & Roars

Adult-only programs include a keeper-led tour of an exhibit area, wine and cheese, activities, a guided tour of the Zoo, and a breakfast snack.

Snore & Roar overnights take place between June and September. A maximum of twelve participants may be signed up per registration. Snore & Roar campers sleep in four-person tents. Participants are never asked to share their tent with strangers.


Participants must be 21 or older.


6 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. the following day. A small snack will be provided, however participants should eat dinner before coming to the Zoo. All Zoo restaurants close at 5 p.m.


Priority registration for FONZ members with a Contributing or Premier Plus level membership begins on Tuesday, March 31 at 10 a.m. Registration for other FONZ members begins on April 7 at 10 a.m. Registration for non-members begins on April 14 at 10 a.m.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests received at least four weeks prior to the scheduled Snore & Roar will receive a 75% refund. Requests must be made via email. No refunds or changes will be made thereafter. No refunds will be granted to groups registering children that are not old enough to participate. Snore & Roars are a rain or shine event.

Adult Only Tour Options

Enjoy an exclusive, keeper-led tour of one of the following areas.

American Trail

Join us on an adventure to celebrate the remarkable diversity of American species. Your keeper lead tour will guide you from the waters of the North Pacific with a visit to our playful California sea lions on up the trail past the canine predators of the open tundra through to the renowned architects of fresh water systems, the American beavers.

FEE FONZ member $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

DATE: August 15

Asia Trail

Wonder where those 11, adorable, Asian small-clawed otters go at night? Join us for an Asia Trail Snore & Roar and find out! You’ll be toured around the trail with front of house views of the illusive clouded leopards and the crafty red pandas. See the slurping sloth bears and sneak a peek at Mei and the family with a stop at giant pandas! Please note: We cannot guarantee that Bao Bao will be visible.

FEE FONZ member $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

DATE: July 31

Cheetah Conservation Station

Are you as fast as a cheetah? Can you dig like a hog? How does your wing span compare to a vulture? Here’s your chance to find out. Meet the cheetahs and some of their African neighbors. See how they train the zebras and where it all comes together behind-the-scenes.

FEE FONZ member $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

DATE: July 18

Elephant Community Center

Largest of the living land animals elephants continuously fascinate us with their grand size, complex social structure, and curious demeanor. Come meet the members of our growing Asian herd and learn how the Zoo cares for these magnificent, giant herbivores.

FEE FONZ member $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

DATE: August 15

Great Cats/Farm

Lions and tigers and cows, oh my! It’s carnivore meets herbivore in this dual action overnight experience. Learn all about our feline royalty and see how the keepers care for these majestic, big cats. Then moooove on over to the Kids' Farm, sponsored by State Farm ® and receive a hands-on lesson in how to care for farm animals here at the Zoo.

FEE FONZ member $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

DATE: July 18


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