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National Zoo COVID-19 Emergency Fund

We Need Your Help!

Whether it’s pandas or porcupines, at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, we save species. Along with our sister organization, Friends of the National Zoo, we welcome millions of guests each year to our free zoo in D.C., providing engaging animal experiences—and valuable tools so visitors can join the fight to save species and their homes in the wild.

Because of COVID-19, we are closed to the public, which means that we are no longer receiving the important funds on which we rely. In these difficult times, we fall back on your passion for our critical mission now more than ever. Please donate to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's COVID-19 Emergency Fund today. Your support is absolutely vital.

Even though the Zoo is closed, our dedicated keepers are coming in seven days a week to make sure every animal is fed and cared for. Your support will help us take care of our team, help our award-winning educators send out great resources for teachers and families around the country, and help us pay for other critical operating expenses. Please donate generously to the Zoo today to help support the animals that we all love.

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Thank you to everyone who has already donated to the Zoo’s emergency fund! Those who generously donate $250 or more to the National Zoo COVID-19 Emergency Fund make it possible for the Zoo's animals to receive extra-special enrichment. If you donate at this level, we will let you know when you can visit one of the Zoo’s webcams to see an animal receive a treat or toy, sponsored by you. You will also receive a personal thank you from some of the Zoo’s residents.

Special thanks to our generous $250+ donors:

  • Linda Aarness
  • Lucy B. Alexander and Braden M. Murphy
  • Jodie and Theodore Allen
  • Jennifer Alvidrez and Carlos Tovar
  • Suzanne Amidon
  • Roger and Karoline Anders
  • Anonymous
  • Jessica Ayers
  • Megan and Andrea Bachinski
  • Kristen Bageant
  • Yvonne E. Barton
  • Mrs. Louise R. Beale
  • Ivey M. Bedsole
  • Ms. Kyle Z. Bell and Mr. Alan G.R. Bell
  • Saundra Bosche
  • Anonymous
  • Patricia Allen Bradley
  • Harold M. Brierley
  • CeCe Brotchie-Fine
  • Linda Browdy and Michael Hand
  • John P. Staskal and Pamela Bruce-Staskal
  • Petra Burke Ramirez
  • Mary Ann Bush and Michael Harbison
  • Pam Cantelmi
  • Rachel Carrig
  • Anonymous
  • Kathryn Catania
  • Juan Cebral and Gabriela Marani
  • Theresa Chambers
  • Russell and Judith Chandler
  • Tae-Wook Chun
  • Karyn and Wayne Clark
  • Samantha Sibley
  • Suzette Collinson
  • Stanley and Linda Collyer
  • Col. James M. Compton
  • Sandra Cortina
  • Patricia Cosler and Rosanne Hitt
  • Philip and Roberta Cronin
  • Steven M. Crutchfield and Eloise O. Hatfield
  • Sherri Dembowski
  • Bonnie Docherty
  • Stephanie Eckman and Abe Usher
  • Babs Eisman
  • Marion Ekpuk
  • Donna Ellenson
  • Anonymous
  • Lee R. Feierabend
  • Sherry Ferguson and Robert Zoellick
  • The Finer's
  • Leslie Finster
  • Gail A. Fleming
  • Enid Galliers
  • Song Ge
  • Crystal Geise
  • Laura and James Gilbert
  • Sandy Gill
  • Mark Giza
  • Andres Gomez
  • Barbara A. Greer
  • Gary and Christine Grindler
  • Michele Hagans
  • Maia Hansen
  • Michael Hardy and Christopher Biggs
  • Ann Hathaway
  • Doris L. Hausser and Susan Warner
  • Carolyn and Donald Heim
  • Anonymous
  • Sue Henry
  • Sally T. Hillsman Ph.D.
  • Laura Hoffman
  • Angie Hogencamp
  • Daniel Holt and Kimberly Stock
  • Ann and Joseph Hotung
  • Christine Hudson
  • Joel Ihnen and Kate Shanahan
  • Phyllis Isler
  • Elaine Jay
  • Christine Jensen and Kevin Smith
  • Billie Johnson and Janet Martin
  • Karen Kagan
  • Tony and Samantha Kahn
  • Carla Kenworthy
  • Geraldine Kilkelly
  • Christine Kohl
  • Martha and Sarah Kolodzy
  • Susan Jones Krider
  • Sara Larner
  • Laura Lebow
  • Katherine Leon and William Callahan
  • D'Ann and John Lettieri
  • Jessica Lilley
  • Stacey Lipscomb and Sean Haag
  • Irene Loh
  • Joleen Macek
  • Judy Maggio
  • Jennifer Main
  • Rina Majmudar and Derek Haller
  • Christopher and Kathleen Makuc
  • Susan and Frank Mars
  • Tara Massini
  • Cynthia and Scott McCabe
  • Elizabeth McPartland
  • Margaret Miles
  • Tara and Michael Miller
  • Kristie Miller
  • Kendra Miller
  • Laura Mitterman
  • Anonymous
  • Elizabeth and David Moore
  • Deborah Moreland and Sean Burns
  • Ruth O'Donnell Mutch
  • Mari S. Newell
  • Brian Newhouse
  • Paige Newman and Eric Newman
  • Pauline Bray Nutting
  • Renee Oberlin
  • David and Brenda Okita
  • Marian Osterweis
  • Dana Partos
  • Daphne and Harvey Patrick
  • Aristides Patrinos and Kathryn Hoff-Patrinos
  • Megan Pavelich
  • Daphna Peled and Shawn Delaney
  • Francisco Pereira
  • Kenneth and Susan Pergrem
  • Amber Perry and Margo Jenkins
  • Corinna and Joseph Pierson
  • Denise Podolski
  • Julia Portocarrero
  • Jill Ptacek
  • Patricia and John Purcell
  • Kristin Rey
  • Yolanda Reyes
  • Tina Rhea
  • Sarah Rhodes
  • Cynthia Rizzo
  • Alonford Robinson
  • Juan Rodriguez
  • Brian Sands and Leslie Oakey
  • Jo Anne Sanford
  • Wendy Sauder
  • Elizabeth Scharman
  • Diane Shaw
  • Grace Gao-Sheppard and John Wade Sheppard
  • Susan and Eddie Shey
  • Dr. Samantha Simmons
  • Sandra Sisler
  • Pete Smith and Marcia Marsh
  • Molly Smith
  • Andrew Snyder and Julie Nemecek
  • Louise Snyder
  • Robert Sorey and Taylor Mayo
  • Chelsea Sparta
  • Nancy Stevens and Michael Shaw
  • Anonymous
  • Jon and Ellen Strbak
  • Joanna and Alice Sturm
  • Anonymous
  • Leslie Grumm Swerbilow
  • Beatrice Taylor
  • Jennifer Megan Telfair and Stephen Cha
  • Bryan Thompson and Shana Hofstetter
  • Jessica Thorn and Jeff Skinner
  • Florence-Marie Tiar
  • Alyson Jordan Tomaszewski
  • Kelley Torpey
  • Jennifer Turner
  • Kathy Udell
  • Anonymous
  • Lorin and Kenneth Venable
  • Nila and Nadhi
  • Cassandra Vose
  • Lisa and Jay Watts
  • Dave Webb
  • David Webber and Joelle Faucher
  • Julianne G. Weisshaut
  • Mary Wheeler
  • Margaret Wiken
  • Leslie S. Wilkes
  • Diane and Kevin Wilshere
  • Nicole Winard
  • John and Martha Wolf
  • Robin Wright
  • Kathryn and Robert Zoon
Privacy information

If you would like to mail your gift, please send it to:

Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ)
Membership Department
P.O. Box 37012 MRC 5516
Washington, DC 20013-7012

For questions and additional information please contact us or call 202-633-2922.

Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is a nonprofit organization, charitable tax ID number 52-0853312.