Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Adopt a Species

Adopt a species! Support the care of 1,800 animals at the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation and Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

$62.53 million raised; 78.2% of $80 million goal

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Membership Clubs

FONZ members can join these clubs:

  • SCBI Club (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute) $30
    Help support the critical efforts of the Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center scientists who specialize in saving wildlife, conserving habitats, and restoring species to the wild. Add an SCBI donation to any membership for $30 and receive an information packed newsletter and a parking pass to the Autumn Conservation Festival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia. SCBI membership is only available to FONZ members.
  • SMBC Club (Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center Club) $30
    SMBC members help the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center support bird conservation around the world. Plus, SMBC members get exclusive benefits, including local and regional bird walks and field trips with a Smithsonian ornithologist, invitations to bird-themed lectures, Smithsonian Flyer e-newsletter, migratory bird desktop wallpaper, and a Bird Friendly Coffee baseball cap. SMBC membership is only available to FONZ members.
  • FONZ Photo Club
    FONZ members have the opportunity to join the FONZ Photo Club free of charge. The FONZ Photo Club brings photographers of all skill levels together in a welcoming environment to share and learn about zoo photography. The club also raises money to support the Zoo by selling members' photographic work at special events. You must be a FONZ member to join the FONZ Photo Club.
  • YP Club (Young Professionals Club)
    FONZ members have the exclusive opportunity to join the YP Club free of charge. The YP Club invites you to meet and mingle with like-minded conservationists who are 21 to 35 years old. YP members receive YP Happenings e-newsletter

To receive membership benefits, membership cards must be presented with matching photo ID.

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