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Friends of the National Zoo

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Did you know that there are volunteer opportunities with the Animal Care team at the National Zoo? We are currently recruiting Zoo help volunteers in several areas, including at the Reptile Discovery Center, the Elephant Community Center, the Bird House, and the Great Apes building.

All of these programs require a minimum of a year-long commitment, a Smithsonian background check, and volunteers generally work one full day each week. See the specific programs for all the requirements.

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About Friends of the National Zoo


National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, US

Mission Statement

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.


Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is dedicated to supporting the mission of the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park to celebrate, study, and protect the diversity of animals and their habitats. Since 1958, FONZ has provided the Zoo with education programs, volunteers, and grants for Zoo scientists and staff, as well as special events, guest services, and fundraising for Zoo projects. FONZ volunteers give more than 90,000 hours of service to the Zoo each year.


We'll work with your schedule.


3001 Connecticut Avenue NWWashington, DC 20008



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Aquarium Maintenance




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • One full day each week for at least one year
  • Health clearance, online training, and on-the-job training

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