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Friends of the National Zoo

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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New: Online Account Information

If you're a FONZ member, or you've made a transaction with FONZ in the past, you now have an account—you just need to activate it. When you create a password for your new account, all of your information will be in one place, and you'll instantly be able to manage that information and renew your membership. Visit this page for step-by-step instructions, or log in using the link below.

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Member News

At Friends of the National Zoo, there are many things we love about autumn: pandas playing in the fall leaves; spiced teas and hot chocolate; and the Zoo's October celebrations. From Conservation Discovery Day to Boo at the Zoo, there is no shortage...
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Club members are invited to get out and celebrate the season with a series of bird walks this fall. 
Join us for the return of D.C.'s biggest best beer festival, Brew at the Zoo, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 20 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Member tickets go on sale on June 8.

Autumn Fun at the Zoo!

Ring-tailed lemurs with a pumpkin At Friends of the National Zoo, there are many things we love about autumn: pandas playing in the fall leaves; spiced teas and hot chocolate; and the Zoo's October celebrations. From Conservation... read more

Summer Camps

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Your kids are in for a wild time learning all about animals and conservation. Members get early registration for summer camps!

Zoo Sleepovers for Families

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Imagine falling asleep to the sound of howling wolves or being awakened by the bark of sea lions at play. Book an American Trail, Small Mammal House or Reptile Discovery Center sleepover today!

FONZ Birthday Parties

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Celebrate your child's birthday with an unforgettable day at the Smithsonian's National Zoo! FONZ birthday parties are available to members with children turning 2 to 8 years old. Book a party today!