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Help Save Animals

Membership is a great way to support the outstanding wildlife conservation work of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and ensure your family's experience at the Zoo is always special and enriching. Join today and help the Zoo continue its commitment to be the best in animal care, conservation, education and sustainability.

Friends of the National Zoo

General Membership

Support your free Zoo and become a FONZ member.
Starting at $64
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Circle Membership

Circle-level members take their conservation contribution to the next level.
Starting at $250
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Council Membership

Council members play an integral role in supporting the work we do to save species.
Starting at $2,500
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Attend zoo events at a discountGo on a cyber safariVisit often and attend keeper talks and demosEnjoy your free ridesSupport conservation through educationSave on parking, food, and gift shop purchasesHelps save species around the worldSupport critical funding to zoo projects

Friends of the National Zoo is the nonprofit partner of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. FONZ helps the Zoo save species by raising funds to support the Zoo's mission, providing educational and fun experiences, and inspiring members and guests. Every year, FONZ contributes millions of dollars and helps educate more than a million Zoo visitors.

2018 is FONZ's 60th anniversary and a celebration of six decades of support for the Zoo. Member families have long been some of the Zoo's greatest supporters and advocates. What began in 1958 with a dozen neighbors committed to the Zoo has turned into a thriving organization with tens of thousands of members and a growing impact in the D.C. region and around the world. Read stories submitted by members and share your own on our dedicated 60th anniversary page.

For more information about FONZ memberships, please call 202-633-2922 or contact us.