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FOTAZ Membership

Join Friends of the Alexandria Zoo and receive free admission to the Alexandria Zoo for an entire year, plus many other great benefits!

Contributions help provide care for the animals, construction of new exhibits, conservation of endangered species, and many hours of recreation and education. By becoming a member of FOTAZ, you'll be helping the Alexandria Zoo and your community while making wonderful family memories that will last a lifetime.

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Member Levels

Individual

$30 Individual

Admits one named person.

Household

$50 Household

Admits two named adults living at the same address and either grandchildren under age 18 OR dependent children under age 18.

Household Plus One

$60 Household Plus One

Admits two named adults living at the same address and either grandchildren under age 18 OR dependent children under age 18. Plus one individual season pass to the Alexandria Zoo.

Bronze Friend

$200 Bronze Friend

Admits two named adults living at the same address and either grandchildren under age 18 OR dependent children under age 18.

Plus:

  • One Individual Season Pass to Alexandria Zoo
  • $25 Zoo Gift Shop Certificate

Silver Friend

$300 Silver Friend

Admits two named adults living at the same address and either grandchildren under age 18 OR dependent children under age 18.

Plus:

  • One Individual Season Pass to Alexandria Zoo
  • $25 Zoo Gift Shop Certificate
  • Zoo Tour for two

Gold Friend

$500 Gold Friend

Admits two named adults living at the same address and either grandchildren under age 18 OR dependent children under age 18.

Plus:

  • One Individual Season Pass to Alexandria Zoo
  • $25 Zoo Gift Shop Certificate
  • Zoo Tour for four

Platinum Friend

$1000 Platinum Friend

Admits two named adults living at the same address and either grandchildren under age 18 OR dependent children under age 18.

Plus:

  • One Individual Season Pass to Alexandria Zoo
  • $25 Zoo Gift Shop Certificate
  • Zoo Tour for eight plus dinner

List of Member Benefits

All Member Levels

  • FREE general admission to the Alexandria Zoo for 1 year.
  • FREE or discounted admission, or other special offers at more than 100 zoos and aquariums throughout the U.S. (excludes certain fundraising events)
  • DISCOUNTS on educational programs
  • 10% DISCOUNT in the Zoo Gift Shop
  • NEWSLETTER and notification of special events
  • Invitation to "Members Only" events
  • Bumper sticker

Bronze Level - Additional Benefits

  • One Individual Season Pass to Alexandria Zoo
  • $25 Zoo Gift Shop Certificate

Silver Level - Additional Benefits

  • One Individual Season Pass to Alexandria Zoo
  • $25 Zoo Gift Shop Certificate
  • Zoo Tour for 2

Gold Level - Additional Benefits

  • One Individual Season Pass to Alexandria Zoo
  • $25 Zoo Gift Shop Certificate
  • Zoo Tour for 4

Platinum Level - Additional Benefits

  • One Individual Season Pass to Alexandria Zoo
  • $25 Zoo Gift Shop Certificate
  • Zoo Tour for 8 plus dinner

List of Reciprocal Zoos

This is a list of zoo and aquariums in which admission is free or discounted upon presentation of your FOTAZ membership card and valid identification.

However, occasionally a previously reciprocal zoo might withdraw from this program. Please check with the zoo you intend to visit or call (318) 441-6810 and we'll be glad to check the most current list or send you a copy.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LIST IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

(Percentage off gift shop purchases, marked below with **.)

States A - H

ALABAMA
Birmingham Zoo
Montgomery Zoo

ARIZONA
Reid Park Zoo (Tucson)
The Phoenix Zoo 50%

ARKANSAS
Little Rock Zoo 50%

CALIFORNIA
Aquarium of the Bay (San Francisco) 50%
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (San Pedro) **
Charles Paddock Zoo (Atascadero)
CuriOdyssey (formerly Coyote Point Museum) (San Mateo)
Fresno Chaffee Zoo 50%
Happy Hollow Zoo (San Jose)
Los Angeles Zoo 50%
Oakland Zoo 50%
Sacramento Zoo 50%
San Francisco Zoo 50%
Santa Ana Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoo
Sequoia Park Zoo (Eureka)
The Living Desert (Palm Desert) 50%

COLORADO
Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center (Divide)
Pueblo Zoo (Pueblo) 50%

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo (Bridgeport)

DELAWARE
Brandywine Zoo (Wilmington)

DC
Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park**

FLORIDA
Brevard Zoo (Melbourne)
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (Sanford) 50%
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens 50%
Mote Marine Aquarium (Sarasota)
Palm Beach Zoo (West Palm Beach) 50%
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo 50%
The Florida Aquarium (Tampa) 50%
Zoo Miami 50%

GEORGIA
Chehaw Wild Animal Park (Albany)
Zoo Atlanta 50%

HAWAII
Honolulu Zoo 50%

States I - M

IDAHO
Tautphaus Park Zoo (Idaho Falls)
Zoo Boise

ILLINOIS
Cosley Zoo (Wheaton)
Henson Robinson Zoo (Springfield)
Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago) **
Miller Park Zoo (Bloomington)
Niabi Zoo (Coal Valley)
Peoria Zoo
Scovill Zoo (Decatur) 50%

INDIANA
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo 50%
Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden (Evansville)
Potawatomi Zoo (South Bend)

IOWA
Blank Park Zoo (Des Moines)
Nat'l Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (Dubuque)

KANSAS
David Traylor Zoo of Emporia **
Hutchinson Zoo **
Lee Richardson Zoo (Garden City) **
Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure (Salina) 50%
Sedgwick County Zoo (Wichita) 50%
Sunset Zoo (Manhattan)
Topeka Zoological Park

KENTUCKY
Louisville Zoological Gardens

LOUISIANA
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo (Monroe)
Zoo of Acadiana (Broussard)

MARYLAND
Salisbury Zoo **
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

MASSACHUSETTS
Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford)
Capron Park Zoo (Attleboro)
Franklin Park Zoo (Boston) 50%
Museum of Science (Boston)
Stone Zoo (Stoneham) 50%

MICHIGAN
Binder Park Zoo (Battle Creek)
Detroit Zoological Society
John Ball Zoological Garden (Grand Rapides)
Potter Park Zoo (Lansing)
The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square (Saginaw)

MINNESOTA
Como Park Zoo (St. Paul) **
Minnesota Zoo (Apple Valley) 50%

MISSISSIPPI
Jackson Zoological Park

MISSOURI
Dickerson Park Zoo (Springfield)
Endangered Wolf Center 50%
Kansas City Zoo 50% Saint Louis Zoo **

States N - O

NEBRASKA
Lincoln Children's Zoo
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo 50%
Riverside Zoo (Scottsbluff)

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (Holderness) 50%

NEW JERSEY
Bergen County Zoo (Paramus)
Cape May County Park & Zoo **
Turtle Back Zoo (West Orange)

NEW MEXICO
Alameda Park Zoo (Alamogordo)
Albuquerque BioPark 50%
Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park (Carlsbad)

NEW YORK
Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park
Buffalo Zoo 50%
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park (Syracuse) 50%
Seneca Park Zoo (Rochester)
Staten Island Zoo
Trevor Zoo

NORTH CAROLINA
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
N. Carolina Aquarium at Fort Kisher (Kure Beach)
N. Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island (Manteo)
N. Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (Atlantic Beach)
North Carolina Zoological Park (Asheboro)
Western North Carolina Nature Center (Asheville)

NORTH DAKOTA
Chahinkapa Zoo (Wahpeton)
Dakota Zoo (Bismark)
Red River Zoo (Fargo)
Roosevelt Park Zoo (Minot)

OHIO
African Safari Wildlife Park (Port Clinton) 50%
Akron Zoological Park
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery (Dayton)
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden 50%
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 50%
The Toledo Zoo
The Wilds (Cumberland) 50%

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens 50%
Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum 50%

OREGON
Oregon Zoo (Portland) 50%
Wildlife Safari (Winston) 50%

States P - W

PENNSYLVANIA
Erie Zoological Society
Elmwood Park Zoo (Norristown) 50%
Lehigh Valley Zoo
National Aviary
Philadelphia Zoo 50%
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife Park (Hershey)

RHODE ISLAND
Roger Williams Park Zoo (Providence) 50%

SOUTH CAROLINA
Greenville Zoo Riverbanks Zoo & Garden (Columbia)

SOUTH DAKOTA
Bramble Park Zoo (Watertown)
Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum (Sioux Falls)

TENNESSEE
Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park
Knoxville Zoological Gardens
Nashville Zoo, Inc.
The Memphis Zoo 50%

TEXAS
Abilene Zoological Gardens
Caldwell Zoo (Tyler) 50%
Cameron Park Zoo (Waco)
Dallas Zoo 50%
El Paso Zoo 50%
Ellen Trout Zoo (Lufkin)
Gladys Porter Zoo (Brownsville)
Houston Zoo
San Antonio Zoo 50%
Texas State Aquarium (Corpus Christi) 50%

UTAH
Tracy Aviary (Salt Lake City)
Utah's Hogle Zoo (Salt Lake City) 50%

VIRGINIA
Mill Mountain Zoo (Roanoke) 50%
Virginia Zoo (Norfolk)

WASHINGTON
Point Defiance Zoological Society (Tacoma)
Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle)

WEST VIRGINIA
Oglebay's Good Zoo (Wheeling) 50%

WISONSIN
Henry Vilas Zoo (Madison) **
International Crane Foundation (Baraboo)
Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens
NEW Zoo (Green Bay)
Racine Zoological Gardens

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Buy a Brick

The Pave the Way program is designed to give you a unique opportunity to be recognized as a donor to the Festival Plaza by purchasing a commemorative engraved brick inscribed with your name, family, group, class, or business. You can even commemorate a special event, remember a loved one, or celebrate a milestone... the possibilities are endless! Your personalized brick will be permanently installed in the Festival Plaza.

Brick Size: 4 inch x 8 inch

Brick Cost: $100

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Installation Schedule

Bricks are installed four times a year:

  • MARCH:
    All orders between November 1 & January 31
  • JUNE:
    All orders between February 1 & April 30
  • SEPTEMBER:
    All orders between May 1 & July 31
  • DECEMBER:
    All orders between August 1 & October 31

Inscription Information

Personalize your Brick:
18 spaces per line, 3 lines maximum

  • Punctuation and blank spaces are counted as characters.
  • You can inscribe anything you'd like, as long as it is family-appropriate and fits in the allotted 18 spaces per line (3 lines maximum).
  • You can use any characters on the keyboard, so consider using "&" instead of "and" to save space, or separate names with dashes instead of a comma and space. Unfortunately, if the character you want isn't on a regular keyboard, we are unable to inscribe it on your brick.
  • Inscriptions will be automatically centered on the brick.
  • FOTAZ reserves the right to refuse any submission it deems unsuitable for the purposes described in this offer.
  • You will be notified once your brick has been completed.
  • We are unable to honor any special placement requests.

Inscriptions must be family-appropriate. Inscriptions will be automatically centered on the brick. FOTAZ reserves the right to refuse any submission it deems unsuitable for the purposes described in this offer.

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Zooper Parent

Your contributions to the "Zooper" Parent Program will help FOTAZ support the Zoo and its animals.

Your adoption will last for a period of one year and includes: Choose from 26 different species - Aldabra Tortoise, American Alliator, Anaconda, Black Bear, Blue & Gold Macaw, Capybarar, Coati, Cotton-headed Tamarin, Flamingo, Galapagos Tortoise, Giant Anteater, Great Horned Owl, Jaguar, Lion, Malayan Tiger, Raccoon, Red Fox, Red River Hog, River Otter, Scarlet Macaw, Serval, Spider Monkey, Squirrel Monkey, Two-toed Sloth, White Pelican and White Tiger.

Cost: $40 per Zooper Parent Adoption
Shipping Fee: $5 per adoption (Rate for shipping in continental U.S.)

You can complete the adoption online or at the Zootique Gift Shop. Adoption kits for online purchases can be picked up at the Zootique Gift Shop, be shipped directly to your doorstep or shipped to a gift recipient of your choosing.

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All adopted animals remain in the care of the Alexandria Zoo and no ownership rights are conferred.

 

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Adult Volunteers

Types of Volunteers

Types of Volunteers

Docent
Assist primarily in the area of education. Also assist zookeepers and with activities listed below.

Zoo Scaper
Assist with landscaping, planting and grounds maintenance.

Green Team
Assist the maintenance team with repairs and construction as needed.

Guest Services
Assist with special events, office work, and guest relations.

Requirements to Apply

Applicants should:

  • Be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Like people, especially children, as much as animals
  • Be a member of FOTAZ (Friends of the Alexandria Zoo)
  • Be willing to donate at least 60 hours of service throughout the year
  • Attend applicable training sessions (no make-up sessions are held)
  • Pay a $25 registration fee

Training

Training

All categories of volunteering learn the basics of zoo operation. Docents require additional training sessions.

Docent Log

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Teen Volunteers

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About the Program

The Zoo Explorer Post is a coed program of Boy Scouts of America. It is sponsored by the City of Alexandria.

Explorers offer volunteer service to the Zoo through a variety of duties that include zookeeper assistance, special events, grounds maintenance, construction and education programs.

Not only will your service help the zoo and its programs, but volunteer work is a great addition to your resume!

Qualifications to Join

Explorer Qualifications to Join
  • Be at least 14 - 18 years of age and have completed the 8th grade
  • Submit a complete registration packet including:
    • Letter of recommendation from an adult in the community (teacher, coach, etc.)
    • Typed one page essay stating why you want to be an Explorer
    • Complete the Explorer Application Form
  • Complete interview set up by Explorer supervisor
  • Sign a commitment to attend training sessions and remain active in the program for one year
  • Attend a mandatory one week training session in May
  • Once you have been approved for the program, a registration fee is to be paid along with additional forms to be filled out
    • Boy Scout Annual Fee: $26 which provides insurance through BSA
    • Zoo Fee: $10 which provides uniform shirt and name tag

Requirements of an Explorer

Requirements of an Explorer:
  • Wear uniform shirt with approved pants and shoes
  • Attend meetings (the first Monday of each month unless notified of change)
  • Volunteer a MINIMUM of 10 hours per quarter (Jan-Mar / Apr - Jun / Jul - Sept / Oct - Dec)
  • Obey rules and regulations set forth by the Zoo and BSA

Opportunities as an Explorer

Opportunities as an Explorer:
  • Assist zookeepers
  • Assist with special events
  • Assist with education programs including Summer Safari
  • Assist with special projects including construction and landscaping
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