Press Releases

Meet Luna, Shedd Aquarium’s rescued sea otter pup!

otter pupOn Friday, December 12, Shedd Aquarium, a recognized leader in animal care and conservation, along with ABC’s Good Morning America officially announced the name of its female rescued southern sea otter pup (Enhydra lutris nereis) known as Pup 681. Over 10,000 votes were tallied from the “Name the Sea Otter Pup” voting contest which took place between Dec. 2 and Dec. 11 and the winning name is…Luna! Continue Reading>  

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Good Morning America, Shedd Aquarium team up to name sea otter Pup 681

pup 681Shedd Aquarium’s rescued southern sea otter pup (Enhydra lutris nereis) – currently known as Pup 681 – has been swimming past significant milestones over the last few weeks and is growing quickly. Already double in size and weighing in at a little over 10 pounds, Pup 681 is now ready for a name. Shedd is partnering with ABC’s Good Morning America to name the female sea otter pup through the “Name the Sea Otter Pup” voting contest. Continue reading>

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Shedd Aquarium offers a ho-ho-host of holiday fun

holiday breakfastThere's no place like Shedd Aquarium for the holidays! Guests are invited to explore and connect with animals in a wintery, watery wonderland, create magical memories with the aquatic show, Holiday One World, and keep an eye out for Santa, who will be making an appearance at Shedd throughout the holiday season. Continue reading>

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Shedd, Monterey Bay Aquariums to host Google Hangout on air session with sea otter Pup 681

Pup 681Aquarium experts invite the public to learn more about issues facing the threatened species and to take a  live, behind-the-scenes look at the care Pup 681 is receiving. On Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 12 p.m. CT, Shedd Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium will host a Google Hangout On Air session with the public to share the latest progress and information on rescued sea otter Pup 681. Continue reading> 

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Shedd, Monterey Bay partner to offer second chance for rescued sea otter pup

Sea Otter pupA recognized leader in animal care and conservation, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium announced today that it has welcomed a five-week-old orphaned southern sea otter pup from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service  as part of a collaborative partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium – a leading authority for the rescue and conservation of the threatened species. Continue reading>

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'Penguin Hops' Craft Brew Back By 'Hopular' Demand

PenguinShedd Aquarium and Revolution Brewing continue to grow their commitment to sustainability as they quench your thirst with Penguin Hops, limited-edition harvest ale, brewed with hops grown in Shedd’s sustainable gardens.To kick-off its third season, Shedd is hosting an exclusive Penguin Hops Release Party in partnership with Revolution Brewing and 93.9 MY FM on Oct. 30th from 5-10pm. Continue reading>

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Halloween Shedd-ule of Events

Shedd Aquarium celebrates Halloween with pumpkins.Halloween is fast approaching, and Shedd Aquarium wants to make sure they're on your trick-or-treating route. This year, there are plenty of ways children and adults alike can get into the “spirit” of the holiday. Take advantage of the aquarium’s discount days, enjoy live music and taste the aquarium’s new craft beer or spend the night at the aquarium (if you dare)! Continue reading>

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Fall Shedd-ule of events

Caribbean ReefSchool’s back already? Ease the transition with some engaging, hands-on learning experiences at Shedd Aquarium. Feel the smooth stingrays in the limited-time Stingray Touch exhibit or get lost in the Jellies special exhibit before the strange creatures float away for good. Continue reading>

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Shark Week Shedd-ule of events

wild reefShedd Aquarium is taking a deeper dive into the world of razor-sharp teeth and stealthy swimming as the popular Shark Week hosted by the Discovery Channel returns on Sunday, August 10. Strap on your flippers and be prepared to Feel the Thrill with Shedd’s eleven shark species and their experts during #SharksAtShedd. Continue reading> dotted line

BLU invites guests to dive deeper into Shedd Aquarium

Caribbean ReefChicago’s young philanthropists gathered July 26 to raise more than $318,000 during Shedd Aquarium’s annual Auxiliary Board soirée, BLU. Continue reading>

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Crowdsourcing seahorse conservation with recreational divers

seahorseMarine conservationists from Project Seahorse and John G. Shedd Aquarium will launch a Seahorse Diver Specialty course for divers in Phuket, Thailand with Kiwi Diver and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the world’s largest SCUBA diving training organization, with more than 23 million certifications issued to date. Continue reading>

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Shedd Aquarium announces 2015 Shedd Adventures trips

Costa RicaShedd Aquarium, a renowned leader in animal care, conservation and education, announces its line-up for the 2015 Shedd Adventures travel program. Geared toward adventurers with a passion for wildlife, upcoming trips include Fiji, Costa Rica, Canada and South Africa. Continue reading>

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Shedd Aquarium expands Conservation and Research team

Eric LarsonShedd Aquarium, a global leader in research and conservation, announces the hiring of Eric Larson, Ph.D. as a postdoctoral research associate for the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. Continue reading>

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Shedd Aquarium’s black tie fête raises record-breaking $1.67 million for community access and education

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Chicago’s top philanthropic leaders came together on June 7 to raise more than $1.67 million during Shedd Aquarium’s annual learning-themed gala. Continue reading>

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Bi-national leading conservation organizations formalize partnership to support Project Beluga

BelugaChicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium, a world class leader in animal care and conservation research, and Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM), a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to the scientific research of beluga whales, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a collaborative bi-national relationship to promote the health and survival of the species in the St. Lawrence Seaway. Continue Reading>

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Summer Shedd-ule of events

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Dive into summer fun at Shedd Aquarium! Back in time for the warm weather is the 20th season of Jazzin'Stingray Touch, the hands-on learning experience for curious minds of all ages; and Great Lakes Action Days (GLAD) which welcomes eco-minded colunteers to the beach beyond the aquarium walls. Continue reading>Dotted Line

Shedd Aquarium partners with National Louis University to expand online professional development offerings for educators

FishesNational leaders in education, Shedd Aquarium and National Louis University (NLU) have partnered to provide educators a unique opportunity to earn graduate credit through an online digital badging program centered on Great Lakes science. Continue reading>


Shedd Aquarium and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study migration patterns of Lake Erie sturgeon

SturgeonShedd Aquarium and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with assistance from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, will study the movements, habitats and health of Lake Sturgeon. Continue reading>

Top Chicago cultural organizations join fight to stop African elephant slaughter

Shedd AquariumAs recent news reports link Chicago to a global smuggling network for elephant ivory that is financing terrorist organizations and causing the rapid decline of wild African elephants, three of Chicago’s top cultural organizations today announced their participation in a national campaign to stem the demand for ivory. Continue reading>

Shedd Aquarium takes students behind the scenes with new digital learning program

Live from Behind the ScenesShedd Aquarium, a national leader and industry resource for science education and immersive learning, connects curious minds of students in classrooms across the country with aquarium animals and experts through a new digital learning program. Continue reading>

Shedd Aquarium announces promotion of Joy Kubarek-Sandor to Vice President of Learning 

Joy Kubarek SandorShedd Aquarium, a global leader in animal care, conservation and learning, is pleased to announce that Joy Kubarek-Sandor, former Director of Learning Planning and Evaluation, has been promoted to Vice President of Learning. Continue reading>

Members of Shedd Aquarium name female rockhopper penguin chick

PenguinOn Tues., April 15 at 10:30 a.m., Shedd Aquarium announced the name of its newest female rockhopper chick at a members-only naming reveal celebration. Continue reading>

Nearly 7,000 volunteers share common interest in nature

VolunteerThis week, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, The Morton Arboretum and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum are celebrating nearly 7,000 individuals who devote more than 425,000 hours of volunteer service annually to connect people with the natural world. Continue reading>

Rare sighting of world's largest bony fish caught on camera

OarfishThis past March, guests of Shedd Aquarium’s global travel program, Shedd Adventures, received an unexpected once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view two, 15-foot long oarfish (Regalecus glesne Ascanius) up-close in the shallow waters of Mexico’s Sea of Cortés. Continue reading>

AZA grants accreditation to Shedd Aquarium

AZAThe Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the John G. Shedd Aquarium was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. Continue reading>

Shedd's newest rescued dog set to make a splash 

Shedd Aquarium, an international leader in animal rescue and rehabilitation, welcomes Marlin, a male Labrador mix adopted through local pet rescue partner, Chicago Canine Rescue. Continue reading>

Feel the love at Shedd Aquarium

Ken with belugaShedd Aquarium is celebrating guests’, staff members' and volunteers’ love for the world’s aquarium this Valentine’s Day by offering love-struck discounts February 14-18. Continue reading>

Shedd aquarium expands Caribbean research team

Kristine StumpShedd Aquarium, a global leader in research and conservation, announces the hiring of Kristine Stump, Ph.D. as a postdoctoral research associate for the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. Continue reading>

Shedd ranked top-attended cultural destination in Chicago for 7th consecutive year

Caribbean ReefShedd Aquarium announced that more than 2 million guests walked through the iconic bronze doors of the aquarium in 2013, making Shedd the top-attended cultural organization in Chicago for the seventh year in a row. Continue reading>

Shedd Aquarium sends helping hands to rescue penguins in peril in South Africa

Penquin rescue in South AfricaShedd Aquarium, an international leader in animal care and conservation, is taking National Penguin Awareness Day on Jan. 20 global this year. Continue reading>

Shedd Aquarium debuts Asian carp digital curriculum and videos

Asian CarpShedd Aquarium, a leader in Great Lakes conservation and education, deepens its commitment to Great Lakes conservation, unveiling two new digital resources. 
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