Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Champions of Conservation

We value the partnership of those who share our commitment to the mission and work of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. To honor the dedication of these individuals, we have created the Champions for Conservation, an exclusive group of donors who are determined to ensure the survival of the earth's magnificent species for future generations to enjoy.

Champions for Conservation make 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.

Join with us and celebrate, preserve, and protect wildlife for the generations of tomorrow through your support of these special funds:

  • Director's Strategic Priorities Fund: Provides flexible funding in real-time, so we can be opportunistic and respond to urgent needs.
  • Facilities Endowment: Ensures the continued investment in the buildings, grounds, exhibits and infrastructure of our facilities, so we can continue to provide the highest quality animal care and the most inspirational visitor experience.
  • Fellowships Endowment: Enables us to advance research and create new knowledge by attracting the most qualified scientists to our programs so we remain leaders in the field of conservation biology.

As a Champion for Conservation, You Will Enjoy These Exclusive Opportunities:

  • Private tours of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA, a facility closed to the public
  • Opportunities to travel with the Zoo Advisory Board to explore critical conservation sites
  • Invitations to participate in project-focused Zoo Advisory Board task forces
  • Invitations to exclusive VIP events such as new exhibit previews
  • Invitations to the Annual Champions for Conservation Dinner
  • Invitations to private receptions, behind-the-scenes tours, and other exclusive
  • Smithsonian Institution events
  • Recognition in the Visitor's Center Lobby
  • Recognition in the Smithsonian Annual Report
  • Recognition in and subscription to Zoogoer magazine

For more information, please contact Drew Portocarrero or 202.633.0703.