DCSIMG

Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo

Search

Shop

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.

Smithsonian Campaign Goals

Member News

ZooLights, Powered by Pepco

FONZ Members-only Lounge
Every Saturday night of ZooLights (November 29, December 6, 13, 20, 27) the Elephant Community Center will be transformed into The Warm Up and Chill Out Lounge sponsored by Celebrity Cruises. Inside this exclusive space, FONZ members will enjoy complimentary drinks and themed goodies generously provided by Celebrity Cruises.

Please note: your FONZ member card and matching photo ID are required for admission.

New Board Members Announced

At the 56th FONZ Annual Meeting held on Wednesday, October 29, FONZ Board President John Ring and FONZ Executive Director Bob Lamb announced that the three new Board member candidates, David Mork, Brian Sands, and Leigh Warner, had been elected to the Board by our FONZ members.

Additionally, Michael Caplin, Carin Rosenberg Levine, and Missy Rentz were elected for a second term and John Ring for a one-year term extension to complete a two-year chairmanship.

Welcome to our new Board members! Read more about our new members here.

Parking Changes

Parking rates at all five lots will now be a flat rate of $22. Premier members and above will continue to receive free parking by showing your FONZ membership card. Basic level members will continue to receive half off on parking by showing your FONZ membership card.

Lots C, D, and E are open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and will be pay on entry, so please have your MEMBERSHIP CARD ready to show upon entry! (And don’t worry; you won’t be locked in at lots C, D, and E after 6:00 p.m., the gates will open automatically for exit. The closing time is when the entry gate will close.) Lots A and B will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will be pay on exit, so that’s when you will show your membership card.

With warmer weather fast approaching, the Zoo is going to become very busy, so we recommend members visit the Zoo early in the day. Get here at 8:00 a.m. if you can, especially on weekends! The exhibits might not open until 10:00 a.m., but there are plenty of animals out and about earlier in the morning, and concession stands and gift shops open at 9:00 a.m. So beat the crowds and arrive early for your best parking opportunities!

If you need a replacement membership card, please order one here. If you have any questions, please call our membership office at 202-633-2922 or email us.

Thank you for your support as a FONZ member. We look forward to seeing you at the Zoo!

Parking Refunds

Effective April 1 members are required to show their cards with a photo ID upon entry to parking lots C, D, and E, and upon exit at lots A and B. We are doing everything we can to alert members of this change proactively. Members who did not know about this change in advance of their visit and were charged for parking are eligible for a full refund of their $22 parking fee by completing and mailing the Parking Reimbursement Request Form within 30 days of the date printed on the receipt. Only one refund may be issued per account within a calendar year. To be eligible for the refund, you must hold a current FONZ membership and mail the completed form within 30 days of the parking date. Forms must be submitted with your parking receipt.

Parking reimbursements will no longer be available beginning January 1, 2015.