Beginning Jan. 18, 2022, the Zoo is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at the Zoo, regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask in outdoor areas. Select animal buildings remain closed.

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Welcome to the Smithsonian National Zoo Membership program! We'll be rolling out exciting new benefits throughout the summer and fall. Join today at any level to become a Charter Member!

If you were an active FONZ member, you were automatically enrolled in the new member program. You don’t need to do anything — your membership card and number are all you’ll need for the time being. For questions, please email ZooMembership@si.edu.

The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has always been a great way to connect with animals while having fun with family and friends. When you become a member, you receive exclusive benefits like special opportunities to meet our Zoo residents, discounts at our stores and more. Please consider joining today!

Members are our strongest champions of animal conservation and wildlife research, and help us fulfill our mission to save species through science, education and global conservation work!

Membership News

Members receive a weekly e-newsletter with special updates on our animals, exhibits, conservation work, and events.


Membership FAQs

Learn more about Smithsonian National Zoo Membership in these FAQs.