The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in DC will send you on a fun-filled family adventure to see animals from all over the world. Make sure you get the Family Guide before your next (or first) trip. The National Zoo has events that keep people coming all year long! Local families can enjoy all the National Zoo has to offer year round staying in the indoor houses during the colder weather, cooling off on the splash pad and in the misters during the hot weather and playing at the new Me and the Bee pollinator-themed playground on nice days.
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is the nonprofit partner of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. FONZ helps the Zoo save species by raising funds to support the Zoo’s mission, providing educational and fun experiences, and inspiring members and guests.
Find information on how to gift a FONZ membership here and below!
Share your holiday spirit by giving the gift that helps save wildlife: a membership with Friends of the National Zoo. The animal lovers on your list will enjoy knowing that their gift helped fund animal care, conservation and wildlife preservation at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and around the world. They’ll also love the perks that a Friends of the National Zoo membership has to offer, like free parking, member-only viewings and exhibit previews, as well as discounts on shopping, event tickets and more.
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Gift memberships, offered at the Premier, Premier Plus, and Patron Circle levels, include a customizable certificate that can be shared with your gift recipient. Memberships for two cardholders (Premier) start at $84. One day parking at the National Zoo is $25 so membership pays for itself in parking in just four visits!
- Free parking during regular, daytime visits to the Zoo
- Discounts on food and in Zoo stores and discounts on events
- Punch card valid for eight carousel or train
- Priority registration for camps, classes and Snore and Roar overnights
- Members-only invitations to animal previews and exhibit openings
- Discounts on popular Zoo event tickets, camps, classes and overnights
- A subscription to the members-only magazine, Wild.Life.
- Free or discounted admission to more than 100 other zoos and aquariums nationwide
Adopt a plush critter for conservation
The newly updated Friends of the National Zoo Adopt packages will be on sale Nov. 2, and joining favorites like pandas, elephants and lions are this year’s additions: sloths and komodo dragons. Not only will these packages include fun facts about species, a beautiful paper craft and a huggable plush, but fundraising from their purchase supports the Zoo’s mission, including research and conservation efforts. Go to fonz.org/adopt to pick your new best friend today.