The zoo is open! All visitors will require free entry passes and be required to follow safety measures. Free timed-entry Asia Trail/Panda Passes are required for the giant panda viewing.

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Welcome to the Smithsonian National Zoo Membership program! We'll be rolling out exciting new benefits throughout the summer and fall. Join today at any level to become a Charter Member!

If you were an active FONZ member, you were automatically enrolled in the new member program. You don’t need to do anything — your membership card and number are all you’ll need for the time being.

Charter Members have the exclusive opportunity to reserve Asia Trail/Panda Passes in advance of their visit all summer long. While you are booking passes, please remember that the Smithsonian is constantly re-evaluating the safe number of visitors to the Zoo, and we hope to be able to increase capacity as the summer progresses.

Don’t forget! Members will also be able to take advantage of big discounts in the Zoo's stores and restaurants. Learn more about reserving Asia Trail/Panda Passes here. For any other questions, please email ZooMembership@si.edu.

The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has always been a great way to connect with animals while having fun with family and friends. When you become a member, you receive exclusive benefits like special opportunities to meet our Zoo residents, discounts at our stores and more. Please consider joining today!

Members are our strongest champions of animal conservation and wildlife research, and help us fulfill our mission to save species through science, education and global conservation work!

Membership News

The Zoo is reopening May 21! Stay tuned for details on free timed entry pass reservations, safety measures, free timed-entry Asia Trail/Panda Passes and special Smithsonian National Zoo Member benefits.


Membership FAQs

Learn more about Smithsonian National Zoo Membership in these FAQs.