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FONZ Circle Membership Special Offer

Renew your Friends of the National Zoo membership today to get your special discount!

Help FONZ support the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's commitment to providing leadership in animal care, science, education, and sustainability.

Your FONZ membership includes great benefits and is the best way to support outstanding wildlife conservation, and to ensure your family's experience at the Zoo is always special and enriching. 

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Patron Circle$250 $225

One Guided Specialty Tour of your choice

Patrons are invited to choose one Guided Specialty Tour: Endangered Species, Hidden Gems, Kiss and Tail, or Upper Zoo. Each tour provides fascinating glimpses into the cutting-edge science and conservation work that your support makes possible.

For more information on how to schedule your Guided Specialty Tour or Meet-A-Keeper Tour, please contact us.

Endangered Species Tour
Looking to learn more about the conservation efforts to save endangered species? This tour explores many of the species at the Smithsonian's National Zoo that are facing, or have faced, the danger of extinction. This tour gives you the opportunity to learn about the amazing ways these animals have adapted to their habitats, how they are being threatened in the wild, and what you can do to help.

Hidden Gems Tour
Do you think you know everything about the giant pandas, elephants, great cats, and the Zoo's other most famous animals? This tour takes you "off-the-beaten path" and introduces you to some of the Zoo's most interesting yet lesser-known animals, such as Andean bears, caracals, and elephant shrews. Who knows? You just may find your new favorite animal!

Kiss and Tail Tour
Looking for something a little more wild? Join this adults-only tour and learn about the fascinating world of animal dating and mating. This tour visits cheetahs, zebras, Przewalski's horses, giant pandas, Big Cats, Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, and Reptile Discovery Center.

Upper Zoo Tour
Want to spend more time learning about animals and less time walking? Join our Upper Zoo Tour. This two-hour tour allows you to really get to know the animals in the three exhibits at the upper part of the Zoo, including cheetahs, zebras, gazelles, Asian small-clawed otters, clouded leopards, sloth bears, and more.

Each tour group can have one to ten members. That size fosters the best possible learning environment for you and your guests.

Free Parking
During regular, daytime visits to the Zoo*

Cardholders
Up to three named cardholders

  • One Guided Specialty Tour of your choice
  • Opportunities to attend talks with animal experts
  • Up to three named cardholders
  • Free parking during regular, daytime visits to the Zoo*
  • 15% discount on food and in Zoo stores, and discounts on events*
  • Unlimited carousel, train and other seasonal attraction rides with your member card during regular, daytime visits to the Zoo for up to 4 riders per visit*
  • Priority registration for camps, classes and Snore and Roar overnights
  • Members-only invitations to animal previews and exhibit openings
  • Discounts on popular Zoo event tickets, camps, classes and overnights
  • A subscription to the members-only magazine, Wild.Life.
  • Weekly Zoo Friends e-newsletter
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 100 other zoos and aquariums nationwide
  • Access to host birthday parties at the Zoo
  • Discounts on stroller rentals
  • Access to the FONZ Photo Club
Renew
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Sponsor Circle$500 $450

Two Guided Specialty Tours of your choice

Free Parking
During regular, daytime visits to the Zoo*

Cardholders
Up to three named cardholders

  • Two Guided Specialty Tours of your choice
  • Invitations to VIP exhibit openings
  • Members' Breakfast with the Curators
  • Opportunities to attend talks with animal experts
  • Up to three named cardholders
  • Free parking during regular, daytime visits to the Zoo*
  • 15% discount on food and in Zoo stores, and discounts on events*
  • Unlimited carousel, train and other seasonal attraction rides with your member card during regular, daytime visits to the Zoo for up to 4 riders per visit*
  • Priority registration for camps, classes and Snore and Roar overnights
  • Members-only invitations to animal previews and exhibit openings
  • Discounts on popular Zoo event tickets, camps, classes and overnights
  • A subscription to the members-only magazine, Wild.Life.
  • Weekly Zoo Friends e-newsletter
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 100 other zoos and aquariums nationwide
  • Access to host birthday parties at the Zoo
  • Discounts on stroller rentals
  • Access to the FONZ Photo Club
Renew
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Benefactor Circle$1,000 $900

One Exclusive Meet-a-Keeper Tour

This two-hour guided walking tour highlights some of the most exciting and interesting areas of the Smithsonian's National Zoo, and offers you the opportunity to find out more about an exhibit directly from an animal care expert.

For more information on how to schedule your Guided Specialty Tour or Meet-A-Keeper Tour, please contact us.

Free Parking
During regular, daytime visits to the Zoo*

Invitation to an Annual Breakfast
Our Members' Breakfast with the Curators

  • One exclusive Meet-a-Keeper Tour
  • Two Guided Specialty Tours of your choice
  • Invitations to VIP exhibit openings
  • Members' Breakfast with the Curators
  • One single-use, reserved parking pass (with advance registration)
  • Opportunities to attend talks with animal experts
  • Up to three named cardholders
  • Free parking during regular, daytime visits to the Zoo*
  • 15% discount on food and in Zoo stores, and discounts on events*
  • Unlimited carousel, train and other seasonal attraction rides with your member card during regular, daytime visits to the Zoo for up to 4 riders per visit*
  • Priority registration for camps, classes and Snore and Roar overnights
  • Members-only invitations to animal previews and exhibit openings
  • Discounts on popular Zoo event tickets, camps, classes and overnights
  • A subscription to the members-only magazine, Wild.Life.
  • Weekly Zoo Friends e-newsletter
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 100 other zoos and aquariums nationwide
  • Access to host birthday parties at the Zoo
  • Discounts on stroller rentals
  • Access to the FONZ Photo Club
Renew

*Free parking, carousel, train and other seasonal attractions are only available during regular, daytime visits to the Zoo and not during special events. New benefits only apply to members who joined or renewed on or after January 1, 2018. Unlimited free rides available for up to 4 riders per visit. All benefits are subject to change and based on availability.

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