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Smithsonian's National Zoo

We are the Nation’s Zoo, demonstrating leadership in animal care, science, education, and sustainability. We provide the highest quality animal care. We advance research and scientific knowledge in conserving wildlife. We teach and inspire people to protect wildlife, natural resources, and habitats. We practice conservation leadership in all we do.

link toNational Zoo Strategic Plan 1.6 mb

Friends of the National Zoo

Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is the dedicated partner of the National Zoological Park. FONZ provides exciting and enriching experiences to connect people with wildlife. Together with the Zoo, FONZ is building a society committed to restoring an endangered natural world.

FONZ has been providing support to wildlife conservation programs at the National Zoo and around the world since 1958. click toBecome a Friend of the National Zoo.

In February 2007, the FONZ board approved a new mission statement and strategic goals and priorities for FONZ.

To learn more about our goals and accomplishments, please read the FONZ Annual Report.

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