Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Make a Difference

We save species.  We do this through our world-renowned research and animal-breeding programs, our education of international scientists and students, and by inspiring Zoo visitors to act. Your support allows us to help save animals and make memories for millions of children who visit the National Zoo.

40 Years of Conservation

Help celebrate 40 years of conservation success around the globe by donating to our 2015 fall appeal. Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is a global leader in sustaining biodiversity. For 40 years, this 3,200 acres of land in Front Royal, Virginia has supported the National Zoo's animal management needs enabling our scientists and animal care experts to study and breed endangered species, rescuing them from the brink of extinction. We invite you to donate today!

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Individuals and Families

An easy way to contribute directly to ongoing Zoo renewal, conservation, and education programs is to make a donation. Donating is a rewarding way to support Zoo animals and programs. You may also be able to donate through your employer’s workplace giving campaign or matching gift program.

Leadership Gifts

Leadership gifts have an immediate impact on our ability to carry out our mission to save species. The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) inspire, train, and empower people to care for the world's most endangered and endearing species. Visitors of all ages learn about the earth's wildlife and the work we are doing to preserve it through our exhibits, research, and educational programs.

For more information about making a leadership gift, please call 202-633-3290 or email us!

Champions for Conservation

To honor the dedication of individuals committed to the mission and work of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, we have created the Champions for Conservation. This exclusive group of donors makes an annual contribution of $25,000 or more, providing critically needed support to the programs of the National Zoo and SCBI, and serve as advocates within their communities on our behalf.

Circle of Life Society

The Circle of Life Society at the National Zoo was established to recognize individuals who provide support for the Zoo and SCBI with a planned gift. Consider leaving a lasting legacy and providing critical support by naming the Zoo a beneficiary of a will, trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy or by establishing a charitable gift annuity.

Animal-Centered Programs

Special fundraising initiatives that contribute to animal care, habitat improvement, and research programs at the Zoo also provide a way to recognize a special occasion or send a unique gift to a loved one.


There are many ways for private corporations to support the National Zoo. Our corporate partners sponsor exhibits that delight our visitors, research and conservation programs around the world, and events here at the Zoo such as Zoofari and Boo at the Zoo.
Corporate partnerships give companies the opportunity to showcase their commitment to the Washington community, to species that reside in the company’s home region, and to species and habitats around the world. For more information on our corporate partners and the benefits they receive, visit our corporate partners page.