Friends of the National Zoo

Member News and Information

Bei Bei Previews

Be among the first to meet Bei Bei! FONZ member previews will begin on January 8.
Details will be shared here in the coming weeks.

Special Nights at ZooLights

Members-only Lounge
Every Saturday night of ZooLights (November 28, December 5, 12, 19, 26) the Elephant Community Center will be transformed into The Warm Up and Chill Out Lounge. Inside this exclusive space, FONZ members will enjoy complimentary drinks and themed goodies generously provided by Starbucks.

Member Week: December 4-10
Members receive a set of coupons for tubing rides, train rides, and carousel rides. Plus, FREE parking*, an extra 5% discount on Zoo store purchases, and Bei Bei glow in the dark wristbands.

* Members must show their member ID at parking lots in order to receive free parking.

BrewLights: Thursday, December 3

BrewLights will take place during ZooLights, Powered by Pepco, as a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event. Enjoy beer tastings from a dozen breweries as well as sample savory foods from top DC restaurants all under the bright lights of DC's favorite holiday tradition. Members can purchase discounted tickets by visiting the event page.

Now Recruiting for ZooLights

The Zoo is currently seeking volunteers to assist with our annual ZooLights event, the Zoo's winter light display. Volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of activities and help make the event even more special for our visitors. We are looking for greeters, costumed characters, character escorts, and more!

Snow Safari Day Camp Registration Open

You don't need to hibernate this winter–join the National Zoo's cool critters for Snow Safari Day Camp! Snow Safari campers will explore the lives, habitats, and conservation of animals around the world during this four-day program.

New Zoo Hours

Beginning January 1, 2016, the Zoo's hours of operation will be modified so that our gates will open later and close a little earlier.

New Hours: Current Hours
Exhibit Buildings 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 p.m. closing in summer) 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (6 p.m. closing in summer)
Grounds 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (7 p.m. closing in summer) 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (8 p.m. closing in summer)

Animal News

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.