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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

FONZ members can now have even more fun during their visits to the Smithsonian's National Zoo with the brand-new FONZ Member Passport program, presented by Chase.
Members: join FONZ for the Bye Bye, Bei Bei member event!
At the June Member Celebration on June 29, members get exclusive access to Research Hill, which is normally closed to the public.

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!