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FONZ Annual Meeting
Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
Smithsonian's National Zoo's Visitor Center Auditorium
6 - 8 PM

Please join us at the 56th FONZ Annual Meeting!

Award-winning writer Christopher Cokinos from the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment will outline the amazing scope of his book, Hope is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds, which tells the haunting history of the extinction of six North American bird species.

NZP Landscape Architect Jen Daniels will talk about the fascinating details of the Zoo’s future Experience Migration exhibit, and how this major renovation of the Bird House and its grounds will allow the Zoo to better protect birds and migratory bird species.

There will be light refreshments, and you will hear FONZ updates and meet newly elected and reelected Board Members.

This event is free to all FONZ members. Please click here to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

Night of the Living Zoo
Thursday, October 30, 2014
6:30 - 10 PM

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Prepare to witness death defying acts and amazing oddities at the Zoo's annual Halloween event, Night of the Living Zoo. With live music, craft beer, food trucks, a costume contest, performance artists, and glow in the dark lawn games, it's a wicked night of fun that you won't want to miss.

Visit the Boo at the Zoo page for more detailsClick here for more details.

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.