A Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) membership is the best way for you and your family to enjoy the National Zoo. Your membership provides a full year of special access and other great benefits at Smithsonian's National Zoo, plus free parking at the Premier level and above (a $22 value each visit).
Involve your whole household in wildlife conservation! A Premier Plus FONZ membership covers up to three named adults per household, plus all children.
Premier Plus includes all the standard benefits, plus:
A Premier membership includes up to two named adults, plus children. It includes all the standard benefits, plus:
A Basic membership covers one named adult. It includes all the standard benefits, plus:
A Green membership covers one named adult. It includes all the standard benefits, plus:
A National FONZ membership covers one named adult living more than 200 miles outside of Washington, D.C. who is not able to visit the National Zoo frequently, but would like to support the National Zoo and stay up-to-date through National Zoo publications.
* Seniors 62+ receive a 20% discount.
Join at the donor level and become part of a prestigious group that offers significant support to the National Zoo. Donor memberships include all of the membership benefits above as well as priority registration for special programs, donor recognition, special guided tours, VIP events, and much more.
An email giving you the opportunity to upgrade your level and accompanying benefits, update payment or contact information, or cancel your auto-renewal participation will be sent at least two months prior to your annual membership renewal date. This program is valid for credit card purchases only – we charge the same card annually before your membership expires.
Sign up today and you will save time and support the Zoo!
FONZ members can join these clubs:
If you do not wish to join online, contact the FONZ Membership Department directly at 202.633.2922, complete and mail this printable application form, or join at the Zoo at any information booth or gift shop.
Please allow 10-15 business days for your membership card and welcome package to arrive in the mail. Still haven't received your card? Don't hesitate to call us at 202.633.2922 or email us to let us know.
Yes. Your membership is active the day you join FONZ. Please present your temporary card or confirmation email with photo ID to use your benefits.
You may print that email and bring it to the Zoo to enjoy your benefits. If you join during a visit to the Zoo, you will be given a temporary card valid for up to three months.
You will receive one membership card if you join at the National, Green, or Basic membership level. You will receive two membership cards if you join at the Premier level. Premier Plus level members and higher may also order a third membership card in the name of their nanny/caregiver or other adult family member.
Memberships may not be shared by more than one household. Member households include all named adults and their children, and are only valid for the individuals named on the card.
Memberships are non-refundable. If you are moving out of state, check our reciprocity list for zoos and aquariums in your area.
If you misplace your membership card, you can request a new card online. There is a $5 charge for printing a replacement card. Please allow two to three weeks for delivery. Please email the FONZ Membership Office to request proof of membership prior to your visit.
You can renew your membership online, at the Zoo, or by mail. You will receive renewal notices by mail and by email, if you provide your email address.
If you have recently renewed your FONZ membership, please disregard any further renewal notices. Although we work to process renewals as quickly as possible, it is possible that your payment and our notice may cross in the mail.
You can change your mailing and email address by sending us an email with your name, old and new addresses, and FONZ member number.
By becoming a FONZ member at any level, you help support the National Zoo's commitment to providing leadership in animal care, science, education, and sustainability. The National membership level is only available to individuals living more than 200 miles outside of Washington, D.C.
Yes. Seniors receive 20 percent off Green, Basic, Premier, and Premier Plus memberships.
Premier, Premier+ and Donor membership levels include free parking when visiting the National Zoo during regular visiting hours. The Basic membership level includes half off parking fees. Green and National membership levels do not include parking benefits.
Please note: 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 during regular National Zoo hours, so we cannot guarantee that parking will be available. Plan to arrive early when weather is nice. National Zoo parking gates open at 6:00 a.m. April through October and many animals are in their outdoor exhibits before 10:00 a.m. during the summer season.
Members are eligible for a full refund of their parking fee by completing and mailing the Parking Reimbursement Request Form with the parking receipt. Only one refund may be issued per account within a calendar year. To be eligible for the refund, you must hold a current FONZ membership and mail the completed form within 30 days of the parking date.
Parking reimbursements will no longer be available beginning January 1, 2015.
Yes. The amount you may deduct varies by membership level.
|Membership Level||Deductible Amount|
|National, Green, Basic, Premier, Premier+||100% of membership dues|
The National Zoo participates in a reciprocal program that includes more than 100 zoos and aquariums nationwide. As a FONZ member, you are eligible to receive benefits from other participating organizations. Benefits may vary. We recommend that you call ahead to the zoo or aquarium you plan to visit to confirm what benefits are offered. See a list of reciprocating zoos and aquariums and their current benefits.
FONZ does not sell membership information or sell or trade phone and email information. FONZ occasionally shares membership addresses with organizations we believe might be of interest to our members. If you do not wish your mailing address to be shared with other mailers, please email us or call 202.633.2922, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m-5 p.m.
Please email us or call 202.633.2922, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m-5 p.m. if you have any questions.