The Smithsonian's National Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the country, and one of the only zoos that does not charge admission.

FONZIn 2008, FONZ celebrated 50 years of dedication to the National Zoo and commitment to restoring an endangered world. Since 1958 Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) has supported the mission of the National Zoo through membership donations. When you join, your membership will help the Zoo be a worldwide leader in conservation, research, and education.

Become a FONZ Member

Free panda plushThe National Zoo in Washington, D.C., was originally established to preserve animals on the brink of extinction. Being a Friend of the National Zoo does more than help conserve the world’s wildlife, it also rewards you with great benefits.

For a limited time only, join FONZ online and receive a free plush panda on your next visit to the Zoo! (With the exception of Zoogoer members)

Join Today

Showing your support of FONZ is easy! There are three ways you can join:

  • Join online and save paper.
  • Print an PDfapplication form, complete it, and send it to us by fax or mail.
  • Join at any Information Booth, Parking Lot Booth, or Gift Shop on your next visit to the Zoo.

To start the simple process, choose a membership level.

For more information, call 202.633.3034 or email us.

Give a Gift Membership

FONZ memberships make great gifts. Find out about our great benefits to decide which level membership you'd like, and click togive a gift membership today.

Upgrade Your FONZ Membership

Upgrade to a donor level membership and you are immediately eligible for exciting new benefits, including priority registration for our popular summer camps, overnight program, and birthday parties.

Renew Your FONZ Membership

You can renew your membership online and continue supporting the important work of Friends of the National Zoo. Just choose a membership level to begin the simple renewal process.

Join or Renew Online


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