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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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Member News

Bao Bao is headed to China, and FONZ Members are invited to help us give her a warm sendoff. Join FONZ on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. as we say Bye Bye to Bao Bao!
You don't need to hibernate this winter—join the cool critters at the Smithsonian's National Zoo for Snow Safari Day Camp! Winter campers explore the lives, habitats, and conservation of animals around the world during this four-day program.
FONZ members enjoy a full week of exclusive perks at ZooLights, from Dec. 3 through Dec. 10, including a set of coupons for tubing, train, and carousel rides. Plus, FREE parking all week!

Bye Bye Bao Bao

giant panda Bao Bao eating bamboo Bao Bao is headed to China, and FONZ Members are invited to help us give her a warm sendoff. Join FONZ on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. as we say Bye Bye to Bao Bao!

Summer Camps

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

Snore & Roar Sleepovers for Families

Imagine falling asleep to the sounds of the howling wolves or being awakened by the bark of the sea lions at play. Come spend the night at the Smithsonian's National Zoo!

FONZ Birthday Parties

The opportunity to hold a FONZ Birthday Party is a benefit provided to all FONZ members. Parties are for children turning ages 4 to 8, and for a maximum of 16 to 20 children, depending on the party room.