Friends of the National Zoo

Member News and Information


May is Member Month!
May 1-31

For the month of May, we will be celebrating you—our FONZ members. As a member, you will enjoy a 10% discount on all of your food purchases at the Mane Grill, Panda Plaza, and Panda Overlook, and an additional 5% discount on all your gift shop purchases for the entire month!

Also, join or renew online or during your visit to the park in May and receive an additional two months of membership; that's 14 months of great benefits!


A Special Look at "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea"
June 11, 2016, 8-10 a.m.

Come join us for an exclusive peek into this colorful, exciting art exhibit of 17 massive marine animal sculptures being showcased at the Zoo. Hear from Lead Artist and Executive Director of Washed Ashore Project Angela Haseltine Pozzi about her team's extraordinary mission to educate and increase awareness of the impact of marine debris and plastic pollution through art. Participate in our create-your-own-tote activity where you and your family can learn how to turn an old t-shirt into a reusable tote bag and reduce plastic bag use.

As a special thank you for your support, we will be giving out stainless steel sporks from Life Without Plastic and sets of reusable napkins from ECOLunchbox. There's a limited supply of giveaways so they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No RSVP required for this event—just show up!

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.