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Update for FONZ Members

We couldn't be more excited to bring our Friends of the National Zoo members back to the Zoo!

While we are looking forward to seeing you again, we are prioritizing safety for our guests, staff and animals above all else. That means that some things will be different during the reopening period, and some member benefits, including parking, will be impacted.

Below are some of the changes that affect our members, as well as information on how to reserve your tickets: 

  • The Zoo will remain free, but to support social distancing, tickets will be required and limited to a daily capacity. Ticket reservations will be first come, first served.
  • If you would like to park at the Zoo, there is also a limited daily parking capacity. Free car passes are available for members but will be extremely limited each day. 
    • If free member parking passes are no longer available, there may still be parking passes for purchase. We have so appreciated the incredible support of our members over the past few months; during this period of limited capacity, we still need to rely on that support, and thank you so much for your understanding.
    • A parking pass counts as an entry pass for everyone in the car, and you will be able to access available free car passes daily.
    • Members will be able to access one free parking pass per week. If you need to reserve more free passes, please contact the membership office at fonzmember@si.edu or 202-633-2922. 
  • Face coverings are required for those 6 years of age and older; they are strongly recommended for those between the ages of 2 and 6.
  • Outdoor animal habitats will be open, but most animal houses will be closed.
  • Guest shuttles will not be available.
  • Rides, such as the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel, will be closed as a safety precaution.
  • Outdoor food stations—including the brand-new Elevation Burger—and retail kiosks will be open. Retail stores will be closed.

Click here if you want to reserve a parking pass. If you do, no walk-up entry passes are needed. The parking pass acts as the entry pass for everyone in your car.

Click here if you do not want to park at the Zoo. You will need to reserve a walk-up entry pass for everyone in your party.

Please be patient as we optimize this new system. Your support is so vital as we take the first steps toward the full reopening of the Zoo. 

For a full list of FAQs, and to plan your visit, click here
For member-specific FAQs, click here.