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Membership News

Nov. 24, 2020
To our members: Thank you again for your sustained support. It means more now than ever before.
Jun. 29, 2020
We couldn't be more excited to bring our Friends of the National Zoo members back to the Zoo! Here are some important changes and information.
Apr. 20, 2020
Each year, more than 1,400 volunteers donate over 90,000 hours of their time to the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. We appreciate them every single day, but this week,...
Kids walking along path during summer camp
Feb. 04, 2020
Registration for 2020 spring and summer camps is open to all FONZ members now.
The text "Member Week, December 1-8" and the ZooLights, powered by Pepco, logo
Nov. 21, 2019
From Dec. 1-8, Friends of the National Zoo members get extra perks during Member Week at ZooLights, powered by Pepco.
Passports
Nov. 07, 2019
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.
Bye Bye Bei Bei
Nov. 01, 2019
Members: join FONZ for the Bye Bye, Bei Bei member event!
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.
Parrot
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...