Membership benefits, including parking and rides, will be limited or canceled as a precaution due to COVID-19.
One Guided Specialty Tour of your choice
Tours are currently not available due to COVID-19
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, 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.
During regular, daytime visits to the Zoo – Parking reservation currently required*
Up to three adult named cardholders
- Opportunities to attend talks with animal experts*
- Up to three named adult cardholders
- Access to free parking during regular, daytime visits to the Zoo*
- 15% discount on food and merchandise
- 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 and big discounts on Zoo education programs
- Invitations to animal previews and exhibit openings*
- Weekly Zoo Friends members-only e-newsletter
- Free or discounted admission to more than 100 other zoos and aquariums nationwide
- Discounts on stroller rentals*