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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 at 4 p.m. on March 3.
Registration is open now for Spring and Summer Safari Day Camps at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
FONZ members enjoy a full week of exclusive perks at ZooLights, powered by Pepco, from Dec. 3 through Dec. 10, including a set of coupons for tubing, train, and carousel rides. Plus, FREE parking all week during ZooLights hours!

Gift Memberships

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

This holiday season, give the gift of FONZ membership! A FONZ membership will send your friends and family on a fun-filled journey with exclusive experiences.

Winter Camps

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Join FONZ this winter for Snow Safari Day Camp, Dec. 26 to 29, 2017.

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

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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!