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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

You've explored the Smithsonian's National Zoo. But not like this. FONZ Members now have exclusive access to the FONZ Member Cyber Safari: Passport to Asia, a scavenger hunt that'll take you all around the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
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...
Friends of the National Zoo has updated its online experience for members and customers. If you're a FONZ member or have made a transaction with FONZ in the past, you already have an account — you just need to activate it.

Early Bird Member Access

panamanian golden frog We HERD you loud and clear! You want additional opportunities for exclusive access to the Zoo animals you love. That’s why we are excited to announce our new benefit just for FONZ members: the Early... 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 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

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The opportunity to hold a FONZ Birthday Party is a benefit provided to all FONZ members. Parties are for children turning ages 2 to 8, and for a maximum of 16 to 20 children, depending on the party room.