Partial Early Closing Sept. 1: Areas of the Zoo will close at 1 p.m. in preparation for Grapes with the Apes. More information can be found on the Hours page.


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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!


Member News

Celebrate the spookiest night of year with more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on September 9, 2016 for Members... read more
The Beach Drive entrance to the Zoo will be closed September 19 through Spring 2017 as part of the National Park Service's Beach Drive rehabilitation project.
Fall children's classes for ages 2-13 are open for registration!

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... read more

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!