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Friends Membership

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! 

Friends Membership Levels

Supporter $500 

($314 is Tax Deductible)

  • Admission for up to 3 adult cardholders
  • Admission for up to 6 children in your household under the age of 18
  • Admission for up to 4 guests each visit
  • One ride per visit for each family member and guest on the Amazon Rainforest Carousel, Swan Boats and the PZ Express Kiddie Train
  • One free admission to Wings of Asia for each family member and guest per visit
  • Free Premium Reserved Parking, guaranteed with 48-hour advance notice, or free parking for 1 vehicle per visit in the parking garage or any available lot (first-come, first-served)
  • Special members-only hours, previews and invitations to exclusive Friends of the Philadelphia Zoo events
  • Free year-round Treehouse admission
  • Discounted admission to more than 100 zoos nationwide
  • 10% discount in Zoo shops
  • 10% discount at Zoo dining locations
  • The satisfaction in knowing that your support helps 1,300 animals in the Zoo’s care!

* All rides are seasonal and their availability may be subject to weather, capacity, mechanical, and/or animal-related issues. Always check signs at entry on day of visit.


Benefactor $1,000 

(up to $746 is Tax Deductible) 

All the benefits of Supporter level membership plus: 

  • Invitation to the Benefactor’s Lunch; the chance to meet and mingle with a keeper or curator for an insider’s look at some of our most interesting Zoo jobs.

Associate $2,500 

(up to $2,221 is Tax Deductible)

All the benefits of Benefactor level membership plus: 

  • A private Behind the Scenes tour for family or friends.

Patron $5,000 

($4,712 is Tax Deductible)

All the benefits of Associate level membership plus:

  • 100 free tickets to the Zoo donated, in your name, to an underserved area school or a charity of your choice.

President's Circle $10,000 

($9,712 is Tax Deductible)

All the benefits of Patron level membership plus:

  • Private dinner and tour with the Zoo President, Vik Dewan.

Keeper of the Kingdom $25,000 

($24,419 is Tax Deductible)

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, and working with Zoo leadership to creatively enhance the guest experience.  This is an exclusive all-around unique opportunity to experience the Zoo from an inside perspective.