Become a Friend

Support the Zoo!

Amazing things happen every day at Philadelphia Zoo – new exhibits, innovative animal trails, improved parking, making it the perfect time to join the Friends of 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!


6abc Zooballoon

One major highlight of the new year is the return of the 6abc Zooballoon, and Friends members can ride it without any additional costs. To get this benefit, please present your valid membership card and ID to the cashier when the Zooballoon is operating. You receive one free ride per visit for each person or guest listed on your membership card. The cashier will give you tickets to bring to the Zooballoon attendant. You can no longer obtain access at the Zooballoon line by showing just your membership card—you must obtain these tickets first.



  • 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.
  • One free ride per visit for each on the Amazon Rainforest Carousel, Swan Boats and SEPTA PZ Express. All rides are seasonal and their availability may be subject to weather, capacity, mechanical issues. Always check signs at entry on day of visit.
  • Special hours, member's-only previews and invitations to exclusive Friends of the Philadelphia Zoo events.
  • Free admission to Treehouse and Wings of Asia exhibits.
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 100 zoos nationwide.
  • Discounts 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 215-243-5625 or for more information!

Become a Friend of the Philadelphia Zoo today!