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Membership News

June Member Celebration
Jun. 06, 2019
At the June Member Celebration on June 29, members get exclusive access to Research Hill, which is normally closed to the public.
illustration of a tiger cub with flowers in the foreground and a light blue background with the text may is for members!
May. 01, 2019
May is for Members at the Zoo, which means that every single day of the month will bring a special offer or discount—just for FONZ members. And whether you're a member or not, you'll get a big...
children looking at an exhibit using binoculars
Jan. 29, 2019
It's important to be prepared for spring and summer camp registration at the Zoo! Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get ready to register.
Adopt a Species
Nov. 05, 2018
Big improvements to Adopt a Species packages are here, and don't miss two brand-new animals: the sloth and the Komodo dragon! Get the perfect gift for the conservationist in your life today.
animal keeper holding penguin with woman and daughter in the background
Aug. 23, 2018
On Saturday, Sept. 8, Friends of the National Zoo members can get up close with animals from The Maryland Zoo.
Kids' Farm
Jul. 26, 2018
On Saturday, Aug. 18, FONZ members will have the exclusive opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the Zoo's barnyard animals.
Brew at the Zoo
Jul. 24, 2018
During Brew at the Zoo last Thursday, Friends of the National Zoo members took part in a special, one-day-only Cyber Safari scavenger hunt around the Zoo.
glass of beer with the words free beer! in exchange for helping to save species
Jun. 07, 2018
Drink beer. Save wildlife! Brew at the Zoo tickets are on sale to members today.
members at a May Meet a Mammal event
May. 30, 2018
A pair of exclusive events in May gave Friends of the National Zoo members a chance to meet animals up close.
Meet a Mammal
May. 11, 2018
Members can get up close and personal with animals from 8 to 9 a.m. on May 12.
Mar. 30, 2018
On Saturday, April 14, FONZ members can bring the family to “Amazing Adaptations: A Live Animal Program with The Maryland Zoo,” held at the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s Visitor Center Auditorium. The...
colorful illustration of an alpaca and a maypole with the words may is for members
Mar. 28, 2018
May is for Members at the Zoo, which means that every single day of the month will bring a special offer or discount—just for FONZ members. And whether you're a member or not, you'll get a big...
giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian eating bamboo
Mar. 02, 2018
Since their arrival at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in 2000, giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian have been fantastic (and photogenic) representatives of their home country of China. They are also...
bumper sticker montage
Feb. 20, 2018
This year, Friends of the National Zoo is celebrating its 60th anniversary. We couldn't have made it this far without your energy, passion and support.
Meet a Mammal
Feb. 16, 2018
Members can get up close and personal with animals at 4 p.m. on March 3.
children using binoculars and looking at an exhibit
Jan. 30, 2018
Registration is open now for Spring and Summer Safari Day Camps at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
FONZ members on conservation carousel during ZooLights
Nov. 07, 2017
FONZ members enjoy a full week of exclusive perks at ZooLights, powered by Pepco, from Dec. 3 through Dec. 10, including a set of coupons for tubing, train, and carousel rides. Plus, FREE parking all...
guests holding light-up tumblers at BrewLights
Oct. 24, 2017
Every winter, the Smithsonian's National Zoo stays open late and lights up with holiday magic during ZooLights, powered by Pepco. And there's nothing better than a brilliantly lit winter wonderland...
Ring-tailed lemurs with a pumpkin
Sep. 19, 2017
There are many things to love about autumn: pandas playing in the leaves, spiced teas, hot chocolate and October celebrations. From Conservation Discovery Day to Boo at the Zoo, there's no shortage...
A bird with a black head, white belly and red patch at its neck perched on a branch
Sep. 06, 2017
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Club members are invited to get out and celebrate the season with a series of bird walks this fall. 
Brew at the Zoo guests
Jun. 02, 2017
Join us for the return of D.C.'s biggest best beer festival, Brew at the Zoo, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 20 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Member tickets go on sale on June 8.
red panda with title Cyber Safari
May. 11, 2017
You've explored the Smithsonian's National Zoo. But not like this. FONZ Members now have exclusive access to the FONZ Member Cyber Safari: Passport to Asia, a scavenger hunt that'll take you all...
Two young cheetah cubs running and pouncing in green grass
Mar. 21, 2017
Friends of the National Zoo has updated its online experience for members and customers. If you're a FONZ member or have made a transaction with FONZ in the past, you already have an account — you...
Cuban Crocodile
Mar. 01, 2017
We HERD you loud and clear! You want additional opportunities for exclusive access to the Zoo animals you love. That’s why we are excited to announce our new benefit just for FONZ members: the Early...
FONZ Members During Bye Bye Bao Bao Event
Feb. 14, 2017
On Saturday morning, about 3,000 FONZ members gathered at the panda house for a special opportunity to say Bye Bye Bao Bao, a little more than a week before she heads to her new home in China.