Friends of the National Zoo

Member News and Information


Members-only Giant Panda Birthday Celebration

August 20, 2016, 9-11 a.m.

Wish the Zoo's beloved Giant Pandas Bei Bei, Bao Bao, Tian Tian, and Mei Xiang a very happy birthday! During this event, Asia Trail will be blocked off exclusively for FONZ members like you to enjoy exciting activities, special performances, tasty food treats, and panda souvenirs.

We encourage you to join us for the festivities and wear your favorite FONZ gear—a lanyard, button, t-shirt or anything that shows you're a member of FONZ or have attended a FONZ event or program. You're more than welcome to wear a panda costume if it's not too hot and you're feeling extra festive. Fun prizes will be in store for those proudly sporting FONZ wear!

Please arrive at the top entrance of Asia Trail nearest to the Connecticut Avenue entrance at 9 a.m. for a welcome from your FONZ Executive Director, Lynn Mento. No RSVP required, but please present proof of active FONZ membership with photo ID.

Stay and enjoy the public event commencing at 11 a.m. For information on the public event, click here.

Member Parking Information

A valid FONZ membership card with matching photo ID is required for free or discounted parking. Parking spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Plan to arrive early when weather is nice. National Zoo parking gates open at 8:00 a.m. April through October and many animals are in their outdoor exhibits before 10:00 a.m. during the summer season.

Members who forget their membership cards, do not have matching IDs, or present illegible or expired cards or IDs, will be charged the full parking fee.

Need a temporary replacement card? Please contact the FONZ Membership Office at least 1 business day in advance your visit if notice your card is damaged or missing so that we can send you a temporary membership verification letter via email. The FONZ Membership Office can be reached directly via email or phone at (202) 633-2922, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Lost your membership cards? Replacement cards are available online for a $5.00 reprinting fee.