The Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomes more than 2.3 million visitors a year to see wild animals from around the world up close. We inspire people to learn more through interactive exhibits and from the research by more than three hundred world-renowned scientists working worldwide to save endangered species.
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.
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.