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Shedd Aquarium Trustees Elect H. John Gilbertson Jr. to Board Chairman

John GIlbertsonShedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care, conservation education and research, proudly announces the election of H. John Gilbertson Jr. as its next Chairman of the Board of Trustees, made official during the governing body’s annual meeting Thursday. Gilbertson, a Shedd board member since 2000 and retired Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., succeeds Tyrone C. Fahner, partner for global law firm Mayer Brown who has served in the leadership position since 2012. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Brookfield Zoo mobilize to end extinction of world’s most vulnerable species

AZA SAFEHonoring the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago’s Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo and the 226 other zoological organizations across North America accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), proudly announce a collective commitment to a new effort focused on saving the world’s most vulnerable species from extinction and restoring them to healthy populations in the wild. Continue Reading>

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Jump for joy! Shedd Aquarium's new exhibit Amphibians opens May 16

Surinam Horned ToadThey live in treetops, deserts and swamps, grow to several feet long or to only the size of a quarter, and outsmart their predators by looking like a leaf or by poisoning them. Amphibians are among the most fascinating and diverse animals groups in the world as well as the most threatened – and can now be seen for a limited time at Shedd Aquarium’s new special exhibit, Amphibians, opening this Saturday. Continue Reading>

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Summer Shedd-ule of events

Jazzin at the SheddDive into summer fun at Shedd Aquarium! Visit the brand new special exhibit, Amphibians, and get to know more than 40 species of salamanders, frogs and rarely-seen caecilians. Shedd’s popular Stingray Touch exhibit will reopen after the long winter, offering a chance to interact with stingrays! Craving time in the sun? Sign up for one of Shedd’s Great Lakes Action Days (GLAD), which welcomes eco-minded volunteers to the beach beyond the aquarium walls. Continue Reading>

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“LEECH-NADO!” Mysterious, massive swarm of leeches puzzles scientists

LeechesUpon returning from a research trip focused on habitat restoration for migratory Great Lakes fishes near Green Bay, Wisc. last week, Shedd Aquarium’s Postdoctoral Research Associate Solomon David, Ph.D. shared video of what appears to be a massive school of leeches he unintentionally discovered while in the field. The film – self-titled “Leech-nado” by Dr. David, amassed more than 15,000 views on YouTube in less than 24 hours. Continue Reading> 

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Shedd Aquarium President/CEO Ted A. Beattie to Retire

Ted BeattieAfter more than two decades of leadership for one of the world’s most-respected animal care, conservation and education organizations, Shedd Aquarium President and Chief Executive Officer Ted A. Beattie announced today his intent for retirement in late 2016, bringing to close a 35-year legacy of commitment to the advancement of conservation and education for animals and ecosystems. Continue Reading> 

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Shedd Aquarium expands Caribbean research team

Andy KoughShedd Aquarium announces the hiring of Andrew Kough, Ph.D. as a postdoctoral research associate for the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. Dr. Kough will lead field work in the Bahamas assessing the larval transport of queen conch (Lobatus gigas) and how it informs conservation management. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium, Walgreens partner to create on-demand prescription deliver for aquatic animal residents

WalgreensShedd Aquarium, a pioneer in aquatic animal health and medicine, has teamed up with national wellness leader Walgreens Pharmacy to create a first-of-its-kind partnership that provides on-demand access to preventive care medicine and supplements for its 32,000 animal residents. Continue Reading>  

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Meet Kobe, Shedd Aquarium’s newest rescue dog

KobeShedd Aquarium welcomes Kobe, a 3-year-old male Dogo Argentino mix adopted through local pet rescue partner, Lucky Dog Rescue. The energetic pup joins two other rescue dogs comprising Shedd’s current canine family:  Dory, a female Shepherd mix; and Marlin, a male Labrador mix. Continue Reading>

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“Amphibians” leaps into Shedd this May as new special exhibit

Amazon Milk FrogBeginning this May, Shedd Aquarium will unveil a new special exhibit showcasing the amazing world of amphibians—featuring 40 species of salamanders, frogs and rarely-seen caecilians—highlighting their amazing diversity, unique adaptations and the serious challenges they face. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium anticipating birth of Pacific white-sided dolphin calf this summer

DolphinShedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care and welfare, announced today that one of its Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) is expecting a calf this summer. Continue Reading> 

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Shedd Aquarium, Renowned Microbiologists Team Up to Pioneer First Aquarium Microbiome Project

MicrobesChicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium, a recognized leader in advanced aquatic animal care and conservation science research, in partnership with renowned research organizations including Argonne National Laboratory, University of Illinois, Illinois Institute of Technology and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the launch of the Aquarium Microbiome Project. Continue Reading>

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