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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

Members can get up close and personal with animals from 8 to 9 a.m. on May 12.
On Saturday, April 14, FONZ members can bring the family to “Amazing Adaptations: A Live Animal Program with The Maryland Zoo,” held at the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s Visitor Center Auditorium. The Maryland Zoo will hold two animal presentation...
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...

Celebrating 60 Years

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Friends of the National Zoo started 60 years ago with a $50 check, just a small group of D.C. residents that saw tremendous value in the Smithsonian's National Zoo and wanted to help it thrive. With your passion, resources, energy, and love of wildlife, Friends of the National Zoo has been able to grow.

Gift Memberships

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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

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Spend a wild night at the Smithsonian's National Zoo this summer! Snore and Roar overnights for families, adults and scouts go on sale March 27 at 10 a.m.!

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!