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Visitors: The Zoo will close early Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 18-20) in preparation for Boo at the Zoo. See the hours page for details.
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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

At the June Member Celebration on June 29, members get exclusive access to Research Hill, which is normally closed to the public.
May is for Members at the Zoo, which means that every single day of the month will bring a special offer or discount—just for FONZ members. And whether you're a member or not, you'll get a big discount, two extra months, and a free tote if you join...
It's important to be prepared for spring and summer camp registration at the Zoo! Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get ready to register.

Boo at the Zoo

Kids can go trick-or-treating at the wildest spot in town during Boo at the Zoo. Celebrate Halloween early with more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, a dance party and kids’ karaoke.

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.

Homeschool Classes

Kids ages 5-14 will have a wild time learning all about animals and conservation in FONZ homeschool classes. Register today!

FONZ Birthday Parties

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