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Friends of the National Zoo

Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) helps the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species through educational and fun experiences, the power of our members, and funding for critical work.

We thank the more than 30,000 member families who support the Zoo's commitment to conservation, and enjoy wonderful member benefits in return for their generosity. FONZ members are our strongest champions of animal conservation and wildlife research. Discover the outstanding possibilities that FONZ membership has to offer!

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Member News

We couldn't be more excited to bring our Friends of the National Zoo members back to the Zoo! Here are some important changes and information.
Each year, more than 1,400 volunteers donate over 90,000 hours of their time to the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. We appreciate them every single day, but this week, National Volunteer Week, is an especially great...
Registration for 2020 spring and summer camps is open to all FONZ members now.

Go on a FONZ Passport Adventure

FONZ members can now have even more fun during their visits to the Smithsonian's National Zoo with the brand-new FONZ Member Passport program, presented by Chase.

Gift Memberships

Give the gift of FONZ membership! A FONZ membership will send your friends and family on a fun-filled journey with exclusive experiences.

Home-school Classes

Kids ages 5-14 will have a wild time learning all about animals and conservation in FONZ's virtual home-school classes. Register today!

FONZ Birthday Parties

The Smithsonian's National Zoo reopened to visitors July 24, but birthday parties are canceled for the remainder of 2020.