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Friends of the National Zoo

Friends of the National Zoo

Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) helps the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species through educational and fun experiences, the power of our members, and funding for critical work.

We thank the more than 30,000 member families who support the Zoo's commitment to conservation, and enjoy wonderful member benefits in return for their generosity. FONZ members are our strongest champions of animal conservation and wildlife research. Discover the outstanding possibilities that FONZ membership has to offer!


New: Online Account Information

If you're a FONZ member, or you've made a transaction with FONZ in the past, you now have an account—you just need to activate it. When you create a password for your new account, all of your information will be in one place, and you'll instantly be able to manage that information and renew your membership. Visit this page for step-by-step instructions, or log in using the link below.


Member News

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 the parents of three thriving cubs, including Bei...
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.
Members can get up close and personal with animals at 4 p.m. on March 3.

Help Support FONZ

A FONZ volunteer demos a baby crocodilian to a crowd of zoo visitors

For decades, FONZ has helped the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species. With your donation of $60 or more, we can continue this vital work.

Donate Today!

Gift Memberships

porcupette photo with text "FONZ Membership, a gift that gives beyond the present"

Give the gift of FONZ membership! A FONZ membership will send your friends and family on a fun-filled journey with exclusive experiences.

Zoo Sleepovers for Families

Lion and cub
Imagine falling asleep to the sound of howling wolves or being awakened by the bark of sea lions at play. Book an American Trail, Small Mammal House or Reptile Discovery Center sleepover today!

FONZ Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child's birthday with an unforgettable day at the Smithsonian's National Zoo! FONZ birthday parties are available to members with children turning 2 to 8 years old. Book a party today!