Voices of FONZ

For more than 60 years, Friends of the National Zoo has been dedicated to protecting endangered wildlife and providing inspiring educational opportunities at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and beyond.

As you can imagine, six decades leads to lots of memories! Recently, we asked our supporters for their favorite FONZ stories, and they were quick to share—from FONZ programs inspiring a fledgling conservationist to study zoology in college, to an unforgettable FONZ-sponsored trip to the Okavanga Delta in Africa, to memorable moments at events like Boo at the Zoo.

Check out some of our favorite stories below. Want to share your FONZ story? Email us.


Cari's Story

Carol's Story

Leslie's Story

Sara's Story

Nancy's Story

Christopher's Story

Posie's Story

Ina's Story

Maria's Story

Your Story