Friends of the National Zoo

In 2008, the Friends of the National Zoo—or FONZ—marked its 50th anniversary by asking Milestones to compile a brief illustrated history. The 48-page book's main narrative is complemented by a comprehensive timeline and sidebars highlighting key moments in FONZ's evolution from a penniless start-up run by volunteers to a professional operation with a multi-million dollar annual budget. Research included a dozen interviews with FONZ presidents, executive directors and staff, as well as research in the archives of FONZ and the Smithsonian Institution, plus external sources. Forthcoming early in 2009.