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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!

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Member News

At the June Member Celebration on June 29, members get exclusive access to Research Hill, which is normally closed to the public.
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 discount, two extra months, and a free tote if you join...
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.

Zoo Uncorked

Get ready for the wildest wine tasting in town at Zoo Uncorked, sponsored by Total Wine & More, on Sept. 12 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. 

Gift Memberships

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

Snore and Roar Overnights

Spend a wild night at the Smithsonian's National Zoo this summer!

FONZ Birthday Parties

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