Regarding Diana Hellinger’s Jan. 17 letter about members of Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) getting special viewings of the baby panda [“What’s on display at the National Zoo? Elitism.”]:
Ms. Hellinger has been walking the zoo grounds since 1984, the year I joined FONZ, soon after graduating from college. The zoo was my favorite place as a child and the reason I majored in biology. I joined not to be elite but to be more involved with animal education programs and volunteer experiences.