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The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is one of the world’s leading conservation and science organizations—collectively serving and engaging more than 2 million visitors, supporting the work of 200-plus scientists and training hundreds of conservation professionals from around the globe.

By joining as a Council member, you support unrestricted funds that give critical flexibility to address pressing needs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. These funds assist various programs, such as enhancements and renovations at the National Zoo, conservation science at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and urgent needs for the animals.

In the last year, these funds have provided support to programs that educated and inspired 2.6 million visitors, excavated and installed a bear den and pool in the lower Zoo, supported the elephant herpesvirus program and helped provide special chipped hay for the Zoo's aging Asian elephant, Ambika.

Your support is crucial to our success. Join us as a Council member today!

Council Membership Options

Cost: $2,500.00

As a member at the Director Council level, you get to enjoy all the benefits from the Benefactor Circle level and many more. Highlights include:

Benefits

  • Exclusive Director Tour
  • Two single-use reserved parking passes with advance registration
  • Invitations to Smithsonian-sponsored events hosted in various cities throughout the country
  • Invitation to exclusive annual dinner honoring Council members
  • Name recognition in annual report of Smithsonian Institution
  • Invitations to private receptions, annual programs and exclusive events sponsored by Smithsonian Institution, including the annual Smithsonian Weekend
  • E-newsletter updates about Smithsonian campaign and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)
  • Name recognition in Zoo Visitor Center lobby
  • 20% discount in Zoo stores
  • 10% discount coupons for food purchases
  • Access to a Zoo donors' concierge line during regular Zoo business hours
  • Members' breakfast with curator
  • Invitations to VIP exhibit openings
  • Priority enrollment for birthday parties
  • Priority enrollment for Snore & Roar overnights
  • Priority enrollment for children’s camps
  • Up to three named cardholders per household
  • Free parking while visiting the Zoo
  • Discounts on stroller rentals
  • Free carousel ride coupons
  • Free fountain drink coupons
  • Discounts on popular Zoo event tickets
  • Discounts on Zoo camps, classes, and overnights
  • Free or discounted admission to over 100 other zoos and aquariums nationwide
  • Invitations to member-only previews and exhibit openings
  • Invitations to special events
  • Access to birthday parties at the Zoo
  • Quarterly subscription to Smithsonian Zoogoer magazine
  • Zoo Friends e-newsletter
  • Access to the FONZ Photo Club
  • Access to the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Club ($30)
  • Access to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Club ($30)

The Director Tour

Lions, tigers and bears…and lemurs, snakes and tenrecs, oh my!  The Director Tour brings you and your private group of up to four people behind the scenes at one of the animal exhibits at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The Panda House is not available for the Director Tour. Tours are arranged based upon availability. 

For more information on Council Membership levels, please call 202-633-3290 or contact us.

Cost: $5,000.00

As a member at the Explorer Council level, you get to enjoy all the benefits from the Director’s Council level and many more. Highlights include:

Benefits

  • Exclusive Explorer Tour
  • Two single-use reserved parking passes with advance registration
  • Invitation to enroll in annual Conservation Immersion Seminar Weekend at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
  • Invitation to exclusive annual dinner honoring Council members
  • Invitations to private receptions, annual programs and exclusive events sponsored by Smithsonian Institution, including the annual Smithsonian Weekend
  • Name recognition in annual report of Smithsonian Institution
  • E-newsletter updates about Smithsonian campaign and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)
  • Name recognition in Zoo Visitor Center lobby
  • 20% discount in Zoo stores
  • 10% discount coupons for food purchases
  • Access to a Zoo donors' concierge line during regular Zoo business hours
  • Opportunities to attend talks with animal experts
  • Members' breakfast with curator
  • Invitations to VIP exhibit openings
  • Priority enrollment for birthday parties
  • Priority enrollment for Snore & Roar overnights
  • Priority enrollment for children’s camps
  • Up to three named cardholders per household
  • Free parking while visiting the Zoo
  • Discounts on stroller rentals
  • Free carousel ride coupons
  • Free fountain drink coupons
  • Discounts on popular Zoo event tickets
  • Discounts on Zoo camps, classes, and overnights
  • Free or discounted admission to over 100 other zoos and aquariums nationwide
  • Invitations to member-only previews and exhibit openings
  • Invitations to special events
  • Access to birthday parties at the Zoo
  • Quarterly subscription to Smithsonian Zoogoer magazine
  • Zoo Friends e-newsletter
  • Access to the FONZ Photo Club
  • Access to the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Club ($30)
  • Access to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Club ($30)

The Explorer Tour

Ever wonder how the Zoo’s animal families start their day?  Want to see for yourself?  The Explorer Tour brings you and your private group of up to six people behind the scenes at one of the animal exhibits at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. The Panda House is not available for the Explorer Tour. 

Or, would you prefer a tour at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute instead? Choose a Highlights Tour of SCBI. The Highlights Tour is a 2-hour driving tour of the 3,200-acre facility that showcases the endangered species research and breeding center in Front Royal, Virginia. Tours are arranged based upon availability.

For more information, please call 202-633-3290 or contact us.

Cost: $10,000.00

As a member at the Ambassador Council level, you get to enjoy all the benefits from the Explorer Council level and many more. Highlights include:

Benefits

  • Exclusive Ambassador Tour
  • Two single-use reserved parking passes with advance registration
  • Invitations to Smithsonian-sponsored events hosted in various cities throughout the country
  • Notification of trips sponsored by Smithsonian Journeys that highlight work of scientists at the Zoo and the Conservation Biology Institute
  • Invitation to enroll in annual Conservation Immersion Seminar Weekend at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
  • Invitation to exclusive annual dinner honoring Council members
  • Invitations to private receptions, annual programs and exclusive events sponsored by Smithsonian Institution, including the annual Smithsonian Weekend
  • Name recognition in annual report of Smithsonian Institution
  • E-newsletter updates about Smithsonian campaign and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)
  • Name recognition in Zoo Visitor Center lobby
  • 10% discount coupons for food purchases
  • Access to a Zoo donors' concierge line during regular Zoo business hours
  • Opportunities to attend talks with animal experts
  • Choice of two Guided Specialty Tours
  • Members' breakfast with curator
  • Invitations to VIP exhibit openings
  • Priority enrollment for birthday parties
  • Priority enrollment for Snore & Roar overnights
  • Priority enrollment for children’s camps
  • Up to three named cardholders per household
  • Free parking while visiting the Zoo
  • Discounts on stroller rentals
  • Free carousel ride coupons
  • Free fountain drink coupons
  • Discounts on popular Zoo event tickets
  • Discounts on Zoo camps, classes, and overnights
  • Free or discounted admission to over 100 other zoos and aquariums nationwide
  • Invitations to member-only previews and exhibit openings
  • Invitations to special events
  • Access to birthday parties at the Zoo
  • Quarterly subscription to Smithsonian Zoogoer magazine
  • Zoo Friends e-newsletter
  • Access to the FONZ Photo Club
  • Access to the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Club ($30)
  • Access to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Club ($30)

The Ambassador Tour

Want to get up close to big cats, giant pandas, Asian elephants, cheetahs, or reptiles?  The Ambassador Tour brings you and your private group of up to six people behind the scenes at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Members may choose one tour destination from any of the animal exhibits, including the Giant Panda House.  OR, choose the In-depth Tour of the Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

The In-depth Tour of the 3,200-acre SCBI campus showcases the endangered species research and breeding center in Front Royal, Virginia. On this tour you'll have the opportunity to meet expert staff. Tours are arranged based upon availability.

For more information, please call 202-633-3290 or contact us.