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About Circle of Friends

Zoo Knoxville Circle of Friends is a special group of generous, caring, dedicated people who help ensure the vitality and excellence of the zoo’s core programs: animal care, education and conservation. It’s the perfect way to show your zoo support, become more connected to Zoo Knoxville and its mission, and enjoy some awesome donor privileges.
Circle of Friends includes a family membership to Zoo Knoxville and provides a range of giving opportunities that increase the value of your membership while offering intimate zoo experiences for you and your guests. You’ll receive exclusive opportunities to experience the zoo in ways you’ve never imagined. 

Each Circle of Friends membership includes the opportunity for exclusive access + a complimentary family membership (a value of $185) for two adults and your children or grandchildren (age 18 and under):

Complimentary unlimited admission and parking year round

Discounts on additional guest tickets​

Reduced or free admission to 130+ zoos and aquariums nationwide

Discounts on events (“BOO! At the Zoo” and “Zoo Camp”)​

15% discount on concessions and merchandise at the Zoo Shop

Learn from leaders in animal care and conservation

Join Zoo Knoxville's Circle of Friends today and experience the inside world of Zoo Knoxville like never before.

Behind-the-scenes animal encounters starting at the Curator Level

Invitations to private preview parties, special receptions, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and sneak peeks at new animals

Invitations to the Food City Lunch 'n Learn Series

Complimentary guest passes and train or carousel ride rides