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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...
May is for Members Artwork with Flags
May. 01, 2017
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...
cheetah cubs running in 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...
A cuban crocodile and its reflection in the water
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.
Jan. 30, 2017
Get a free, limited-edition Bao Bao mug when you make any purchase of $5 or more at any on-site Zoo store!
Bye Bye Bao Bao Event Artwork
Dec. 13, 2016
Bao Bao is headed to China, and FONZ Members are invited to help give her a warm sendoff. Join FONZ on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to say Bye Bye to Bao Bao!
Nov. 29, 2016
You don't need to hibernate this winter—join the cool critters at the Smithsonian's National Zoo for Snow Safari Day Camp! Winter campers explore the lives, habitats, and conservation of animals...
FONZ members on conservation carousel during ZooLights
Oct. 28, 2016
FONZ members enjoy a full week of exclusive perks at ZooLights, from Dec. 3 through Dec. 10, including a set of coupons for tubing, train, and carousel rides. Plus, FREE parking all week!
FONZ campers
Oct. 27, 2016
Explore and learn with Friends of the National Zoo this winter through camps and family programs. Remember, FONZ members receive early priority registration and discounts, so don't delay and register...
Oct. 25, 2016
Who doesn't love a winter expedition, especially when there's a little learning involved? Explore and learn with Friends of the National Zoo this winter through camps and birthday parties. Snow...
Night of the Living Zoo guests wearing costumes
Sep. 16, 2016
Prepare to witness death defying acts and amazing oddities at Friends of the National Zoo's annual adults-only Halloween party, Night of the Living Zoo. Member tickets are on sale now.
Child in costume at Boo at the Zoo
Sep. 09, 2016
Celebrate the spookiest night of year with more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on September 9, 2016 for Members...
Aug. 18, 2016
The Beach Drive entrance to the Zoo will be closed September 19 through Spring 2017 as part of the National Park Service's Beach Drive rehabilitation project.
small boy staring at an animal exhibit
Jul. 20, 2016
Fall children's classes for ages 2-13 are open for registration!
Giant Panda Cub with Birthday Treat
Jul. 18, 2016
Join us on August 20 at 9:00 a.m. as members help celebrate a special birthday.  
Grapes with the Apes guest being served wine
Jul. 18, 2016
Members receive discounted tickets to our premier wine event, Grapes with the Apes.