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2012_DC_FONZ_American_12083058DC -- FONZ Event -- American Trail exhibit reception
2004_DC_FONZ_Ceremony_04042841DC -- FONZ Event -- Breaking new ground for Asia Trail
This was the groundbreaking event for the new Asia Trail (phase I) at the Zoo. Donors, including Fujifilm (who make my camera) and FONZ, had contributed money which will provide a new area for the pandas. Speakers included Tom LaRock (the executive director of Friends of the National Zoo [FONZ] who...
2019_DC_FONZ_Bye_Bye_19110928DC -- FONZ Event -- Bye Bye, Bei Bei
It's time to say Bye Bye, Bei Bei
On Nov. 19, the Zoo's 4-year-old giant panda Bei Bei will be leaving as part of the Zoo's cooperative breeding program with China. We're all going to miss our laid-back, confident panda.
So we're going to send him off in style! From 8 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 9, join FONZ...
2010_DC_FONZ_Event_10041780DC -- FONZ Event -- Cockadoodle Zoo
Cockadoodle Zoo
An exclusive event for FONZ members
Once a year, the National Zoo is open only to FONZ members. Formerly ZooNight, Cockadoodle Zoo is our way of saying thank you for being such good friends of the National Zoo.
FONZ members are invited to come sneak a peek at how Zoo animals and staff...
2006_DC_FONZ_Event_06111958DC -- FONZ Event -- Elephants: Kandula 5th birthday
Elephant Birthday Party: Kandula, the Zoo's young male Asian elephant, is turning five! We're planning a really big party to celebrate his fifth birthday.
2006_DC_FONZ_Ceremony_06111955DC -- FONZ Event -- Elephants: Kandula 5th birthday event
The ceremony included opening remarks by the Zoo's director, John Berry, as well as the Sri Lanka ambassador to the United States, Bernard Goonetilleke. It was followed by a candle-lighting ceremony -- seven candles for the seven guests lighting them -- and the presentation of an elephant-riding cloth...
2006_DC_FONZ_Viewing_06111987DC -- FONZ Event -- Elephants: Kandula 5th birthday event -- Presents and Cake
2007_DC_FONZ_Ceremony_07111774DC -- FONZ Event -- Elephants: Kandula 6th birthday ceremony
The ceremony included opening remarks by the Zoo's director, John Berry, as well as the Sri Lanka ambassador to the United States, Bernard Goonetilleke. It was followed by the presentation of an elephant statue from Sri Lanka to the Zoo and an elephant kiss painting from the Zoo to the Sri...
2007_DC_FONZ_Event_07111779DC -- FONZ Event -- Elephants: Kandula 6th birthday events
Elephant Birthday Party: Kandula, the Zoo's young male Asian elephant, is turning five! We're planning a really big party to celebrate his fifth birthday.
2010_DC_FONZ_Ceremony_100902139DC -- FONZ Event -- Elephants: Opening of Phase I of Elephant Trails
Dennis Kelly, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, cordially invites you to the opening and reception for The Homer and Martha Gudelsky Elephant Outpost and New Elephant Habitat.

National Zoo Opens Phase I of Elephant Trails -- New Home for Asian Elephants:
The Smithsonian’s...
2005_DC_FONZ_Ceremony_0511195DC -- FONZ Event -- Opening of Prairie Dog Land
2014_DC_Bao_Bao_14082320DC -- FONZ Event -- Pandas: Bao Bao's first birthday event
This was Bao Bao's first birthday.
2010_DC_FONZ_Donor_10013053DC -- FONZ Event -- Pandas: Goodbye to Tai Shan (Breakfast with a side of butter)
Breakfast. With a side of butter:
Friends of the National Zoo invites you to a continental breakfast celebration in the Panda House. Say good-bye to Butterstick (aka Tai Shan) and learn about the future of the National Zoo's Panda Science Program.
2006_DC_FONZ_Event_06070985DC -- FONZ Event -- Pandas: Tai Shan's first birthday event
This was Tai Shan's first birthday. The event included a press conference, followed by a viewing where he received a custom-made fruitsicle prepared by Zoo nutritionists. He was also presented with a new soccer ball and a baby pool filled with water, two new toys, generously provided by Fujifilm.
The...
2010_DC_FONZ_Farewell_10013093DC -- FONZ Event -- Pandas: Tai Shan Farewell Celebration
Tai Shan Farewell Celebration:
Come wish Tai Shan a fond farewell!
Tai Shan, the Zoo's four-and-a-half-year-old giant panda, leaves for China on February 4 to be part of the breeding program that will help sustain giant panda populations in the wild. Giant pandas are endangered—only about 1,600 are...
2005_DC_FONZ_Ceremony_05101738DC -- FONZ Event -- Pandas: Tai Shan naming announcement
From the 10/18/2005 Washington Post article by Karilyn Barker describing this event:

Panda Cub's Birthday Present: A Name
'Tai Shan,' Winning Choice of Online Voters, A Symbolic Nod to U.S.-China Friendship

The National Zoo's giant panda cub was officially dubbed Tai Shan yesterday and heralded...
2007_DC_FONZ_Ceremony_07042477DC -- FONZ Event -- Pandas: Tai Shan staying 2 more years announcement
Join us for breakfast and a special announcement about Tai Shan. John Berry, Director, Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Robert J. Lamb, Executive Director, Friends of the National Zoo cordially invite you to a special giant panda press conference and breakfast. Join us as we celebrate...
2016_DC_FONZ_Washed_16061136DC -- FONZ Event -- Washed Ashore introduction w/Angela Haseltine Pozzi
Starting May 27 until September 5 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, experience the devastating effects of the ocean's deadliest threat—trash.
"Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea" is a massive art exhibit made completely of plastic debris collected from beaches. Zoogoers of all ages are invited to get...
2009_DC_FONZ_Event_09042369DC -- FONZ Event -- Welcome reception for Zoo's Acting Director Dr. Steven Monfort
John Berry had left to become the head of the Office of Personnel Management. Dr. Steven Monfort was chosen as Acting Director. A long-time employee of the Zoo, he was introduced in his new capacity by Bob Lamb (head of FONZ) and Wayne Clough (Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution).
2010_DC_FONZ_Event_10040884DC -- FONZ Event -- Welcome reception for Zoo's new director, Dennis Kelly
Friends of the National Zoo cordially invites you to escape the urban jungle at an exclusive reception in honor of Dennis Kelly, Director, Smithsonian's National Zoo.
1999_DC_FONZ_Event_99091714DC -- FONZ Event -- Wildlife Art Festival
This was one of the last of these that the zoo sponsored. Lisa Stevens was one of the speakers.
2003_MD_FONZ_Event_0311138MD -- FONZ Event -- "Kandula" preview showing @ Discovery Headquarters
This was a special event for FONZ donors at the headquarters of Discovery Communications in Silver Spring. I've long desired to get inside that building and this was my first chance. During the event, we saw about half of a new program that had been made about the Zoo's new elephant, Kandula. The...


What's hot: The following pages have been the most popular ones over the last month or so:
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2022_12_03B_Miss_DC_Send2562022 Miss District of Columbia Send-Off -- Alivia Roberts to Miss America Pageant
You and a guest are invited to join the celebration for Miss DC 2022 Alivia Roberts at the Miss DC Send Off Party at the Home of Anthony Coley (Alivia's former boss at Department of Justice) (Partially reviewed)
2022_11_17B1_USCHS_T_I378USCHS -- Tribute to the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Program Welcome: The Honorable Jane L. Campbell, President and CEO, US Capitol Historical Society Presentation of the Colors and Pledge of Allegiance: US Capitol Police Ceremonial Unit Toast to the Committee: Jane L. Campbell Remarks: * The Honorable Peter A. DeFazio, Chairman, House Committee on T... (Partially reviewed)
2022_10_21E_Pen_Faulkner_SOTU404PEN/Faulkner's Literary State of the Union
PEN/Faulkner's Literary State of the Union Don't miss this one-of-a-kind DC literary gathering! Join us for a one-of-a-kind DC literary gathering just before the mid-term elections. An open bar, buffet, dessert, inspirational speeches from a who's who of writers from throughout the DC region, and a ... (Partially reviewed)
2022_10_29C1_BCC_Ringo1420Baltimore Comic-Con (2022) -- Ringo Awards: Pre-Ceremony Reception and Dinner
Folks shown here (in sequence): Outside the dining room: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Joe Staton, Jill Thompson, Sarah Shinji Myer, Josh Geppi, ??? (presenter), Bill Morrison, Andrea Purcell, Yissel Ayala, Ryan Dunlavey, Fred Van Lente, ???, Steve Geppi, ???, John Leguizamo, Charlie Kochman, ???, ???, ??... (Partially reviewed)
2022_10_07G5_NYCC_Harveys219New York Comic Con (2022) -- Harvey Awards -- Presentation
The Harvey Awards honors books and creators working in sequential art across a variety of categories and represents one of the industry’s longest-running annual events. The awards are named after Harvey Kurtzman, the legendary creator who is best remembered for creating MAD. The annual gala celebrat... (Partially reviewed)


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