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Benefits of Volunteering with FONZ

As well as the joy of being in a wonderful place with dedicated people, and learning about and helping extraordinary animals, volunteers who meet the requirements receive:

  • Free parking while at the zoo for volunteer shifts
  • Discounts in the Zoo gift shops 
  • Discounts at the Mane Grill and at food locations with a cash register
  • Select FONZ event tickets available at the reduced member price
  • Use of the FONZ library and volunteer lounge/kitchen
  • A discount when joining FONZ
  • Invitations to the annual volunteer appreciation events
  • Supplemental accident insurance for out-of-pocket medical expenses for injuries that occurred while volunteering on shift for FONZ
  • Free membership in the Volunteer Association at the National Zoo