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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.

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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.

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