Friends of the National Zoo

Friends of the National Zoo helps the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species by raising funds to support its mission, providing educational and fun experiences, and inspiring our members and guests.


family looking at sloth bear through exhibit glass

Our members are our biggest supporters of species conservation—and they receive special benefits. Discover free parking, discounts, and more by visiting our Membership page.

Education Programs

child at summer camp looking at exhibit

View our monthly program offerings for camps and birthday parties via the Calendar below. Interested in a homeschool series or preschool classes? Visit our Class Series Listings page.

Ticketed Events

guests attending ZooFari

Foodies, beer lovers, trick or treaters, and animal lovers of all ages: FONZ’s ticketed events are always a wildly fun time. Tickets often sell out quickly—be sure to get yours early!

Adopt a Species

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Are you looking for the perfect gift for the conservationist in your life? Adopt a Species is the solution. Visit our Adopt a Species page to see a full list of available species.

The Zoo will reopen Friday, July 24. All visitors must reserve entry passes online, and face coverings are required for guests ages 6 and older. For more information, visit the Welcome Back to the Zoo page.