Become a Friend

Support the Zoo!

Amazing things happen every day at the Philadelphia Zoo – new exhibits, innovative animal trails, improved parking, making it the perfect time to join the Friends of the Philadelphia Zoo.  The Friends are a dedicated group of members who make these improvements a reality. Count yourself as a global citizen who supports the Zoo’s mission of connecting with wildlife, creating joyful discovery and inspiring action for animals and habitats. 

As a Friend, you become a part of the Zoo’s immediate family, sharing in each and every new Zoo endeavor all while providing critical support to the improvement of the Zoo and the well-being of the animals in our care.  

Friends enjoy special access to the Zoo, its resources and unique opportunities for learning and engagement with staff and animals. Join today or upgrade now to immediately begin experiencing amazing benefits!

Were you there?

Check out the photo gallery from the evening preview of Second Nature, an epic exhibition of three-dimensional installations, each one telling a different story of endangered animals through the use of recycled, reused, repurposed materials. This party was hosted by the Friends of the Philadelphia Zoo and as part of their amazing benefits, Friends received an invitation to see this seasonal experience before it opened to the public.

Coming Soon

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 16, at 8:30 a.m. to be among the first to see Zoo gorillas exploring their new overhead passageway, part of Philadelphia Zoo’s first-in-the-world Zoo360 animal travel and exploration trail system. This event is open to members of the Friends of the Philadelphia Zoo only.



  • Up to 3 adult names listed on your membership card, admission for children in the household under the age of 18 and four additional guests per zoo visit.
  • Free Premium Reserved Parking, guaranteed with 48-hour advance notice or otherwise on a first-come; first-served basis.
  • One free ride per visit for each on the Amazon Rainforest Carousel, Swan Boats, PZ Express, and animal rides. Rides operate weather permitting. Animal rides operate seasonally.
  • Special hours, member's-only previews and invitations to exclusive Friends of the Philadelphia Zoo events.
  • Free admission to Treehouse and Birds of Australia exhibits.
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 100 zoos nationwide.
  • Discounts on Zoo birthday parties and in the ZooShop.
  • ZooQuarterly subscription and e-newsletter.
  • Discounts on Zoo education programs and family workshops.
  • The satisfaction in knowing that your support helps 1,300 animals in the Zoo’s care!



  • All the benefits of Supporter level membership plus:
  • Free admission to the exclusive preview party of the Zoo’s annual experience.



  • All the benefits of Benefactor level membership plus:
  • A private family/friend/ Behind the Scenes tour.



  • All the benefits of Associate level membership plus:
  • 100 free tickets to the Zoo will be donated, in your name, to an underserved area school or a charity of your choice.

President's Circle


  • All the benefits of Patron level membership plus:
  • Private dinner and tour with the Zoo president, Vik Dewan.

Keeper of the Kingdom


  • All the benefits of President's Circle level membership plus:
  • Opportunity to be co-Duty Officer for the Day, a full-day program providing additional management coverage on weekends documenting items that need attention, greeting guests, problem solving, working Zoo leadership to creatively enhance the guest experience and an all-around unique opportunity to experience the Zoo from an inside perspective.

Contact us at 215-243-5392 or for more information!

Become a Friend of the Philadelphia Zoo today!