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American Bison

Thank you for your support of FONZ and the Smithsonian's National Zoo. 2014 marks 125 years of our Zoo’s work to save species, and it all began with an effort to save American bison. Our new Bison exhibit will open on Saturday, August 30th!
Read more about the exhibit 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.