Anyone who plans an event has a lot on their plate. That's why an catering specialist assists you in the selection and planning of your food and beverages after you have confirmed space availability with the National Zoo.

All venue rentals and space inquiries must be directed to the National Zoo special event team.

Companies and organizations that make an unrestricted donation to the Zoo are invited to co-host a special event at one of the Zoo's various event sites.

Special events include company picnics, evening receptions, meetings, or similar activities that are in accordance with Smithsonian policies and guidelines.

Social events of a personal nature are not permitted. This includes weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, as well as fundraising, product marketing, religious, and political functions.

For more information about Special Events at the National Zoo visit