Friends of the National Zoo

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FONZ Announces Lynn Mento as New Executive Director

Lynn Mento The Board and I would like to extend our warmest thanks to you for being a FONZ member. Your support is helping to enhance the experience at the Smithsonian's National Zoo for our community, and to help our scientists save species around the globe.

I'm pleased to report that the Board of Directors of FONZ has selected Lynn Mento to become its new Executive Director. She brings over 30 years of extensive leadership, marketing, and membership expertise most recently as Senior Vice President, Membership and Member Engagement at AARP. A dynamic and decisive leader with a proven track record of results, Lynn is just the right person to establish new programs and opportunities for our members while simultaneously supporting the Zoo's conservation mission.

I'd also like to acknowledge Bob Lamb's many significant contributions to FONZ. While we will have the opportunity to thank him together in the near future, Bob's legacy at FONZ is a large one, and the Board is grateful for all he has accomplished.

Stay tuned for more news. Lynn is eager to get started and passionate about our work. You will hear directly from Lynn once she assumes her role later this summer.

The future is bright for FONZ, the Zoo, and for you, our loyal members!

John F. Ring
FONZ Board Chairman

Brew at the Zoo

Drink Beer. Save Wildlife. Raise your glass to conservation! Join FONZ at our annual beer fest, where you'll sample beers from more than 70 craft breweries.

Tickets are now on sale now!

2015-2016 Children's Classes and Homeschool Classes

Learning is Wild at the National Zoo: Registration for 2015-2016 Children's Classes and Homeschool Classes is Now Open!

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 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 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.