2017 Press Releases

Vancouver and Shedd Aquariums Assist in First Bi-National Rescue to Save Stranded Beluga Whale

Shedd's Animal Response Team assists with bi-national rescue mission to save stranded beluga whale.Marine Mammal health experts from Shedd Aquarium,  Vancouver Aquarium and the University of Montreal assisted in the rescue and relocation of a young male beluga whale that was separated from its herd and found alone hundreds of kilometers from its usual summer range.  Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Teams Up with Chicago Restaurants to Decrease Plastic Pollution

Debris floating near the coastline in Chicago with the skyline in the background. Shedd Aquarium is teaming up with Chicagoland restaurants on World Oceans Day, June 8, to decrease Chicago’s contribution of plastic waste that winds up in our oceans and negatively impacts marine animals and plants. 20 Chicago-area restaurants (and counting!) are committing to Shedd the Straw today, opting to not serve disposable plastic straws with drinks. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Splashes into Summer with New Exhibits, Experiences

A school of Cownose Stingray glide through the water in this underwater photograph.Shedd Aquarium is welcoming summer with expanded access to a boatload of new experiences for all ages, along with a few returning favorites, designed to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. Among the new offerings include Washed Ashore – a collection ofmassive and colorful art sculptures completely made of ocean plastic debris; a new aquatic presentation featuring the amazing biology and adaptation of dolphins, beluga whales and more; the world premiere of PBS Kids’ Splash and Bubbles 4-D Experience; a redesigned gallery habitat highlighting the wonder and beauty of the world’s kelp forests and more. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Animal Rescue and Response Team Assists Alaska SeaLife Center with Second Chance for Abandoned Sea Otter Pup

Dr. Carrie Goertz, furthest left, kneeling and looking towards the right as Andrea Oake, animal care specialist, bends down on a ledge to feed a bottle to a sea otter lying on its back. A recognized leader in animal care and conservation, Shedd Aquarium has teamed up with Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) in Seward, Alaska to provide expert assistance with the rehabilitation and care for a rescued, orphaned Northern sea otter pup (Enhydra lutris kenyoni). Two members of the aquarium’s Animal Response Team have been working for weeks to provide around-the-clock care for the animal deemed non-releasable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Receives Smithsonian Affliation

Shedd Aquarium is now formally affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., making possible new opportunities for collaborative exhibits, artifact loans, research and educational programs. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Researchers Share Slo-Mo Videos of Endangered Iguanas

Medium sized Iguana, with beautiful pink, orange, blue and grey coloring, perches on a rock with its head tiled and one eye towards the camera.In late April, Shedd Aquarium’s conservation research team and citizen scientists traveled to Andros Island in the Bahamas to study the endangered Andros Island rock iguana (Cyclura cychlura ssp. cychlura) as part of a long-term research study on the species. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Expands Access for Chicago Residents, Simplifies Pricing

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago’s most visited cultural attraction and a national leader in animal care, conservation education and research, announced today plans to simplify pricing and significantly expand access to the aquarium this summer. The changes – inspired by the organization’s new mission – mean new benefits to guests, especially those living in the city of Chicago. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Launches Regional Research Project with Support from Citizen Scientists

Shedd Aquarium’s conservation research team launched a citizen science project this spring in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve aimed at documenting long-term shifts in the timing of fish migrations into Great Lakes streams. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Names Gina Rodriguez Chief Development Officer

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago’s most visited cultural attraction and a national leader in animal care, conservation education and research will welcome Gina Rodriguez to its executive team as the organization’s first Chief Development Officer June 5.  Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Celebrates National Volunteer Week

At Shedd Aquarium, volunteers are valued partners that can be found in almost every area of the aquarium. Whether they are preparing food for Shedd’s 32,000 animals, sharing stories with guests, testing water samples or diving, every volunteer has a crucial role toward advancing the aquarium’s mission. In 2016, nearly 300,000 of Shedd’s visitors had direct interactions with our guest engagement volunteers. Additionally, Shedd’s 844 volunteers contributed 112,000 hours of service in a single year. Shedd Aquarium is excited to showcase three unique volunteer stories, highlighting the diversity in roles and experiences that volunteers gain at the aquarium. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium is Wishing Kukdlaa, the Newest Dolphin Calf, a "Fin-tastic" First Birthday

To celebrate a year of milestones and growth, Shedd Aquarium is hosting a livestream in the Abbott Oceanarium to give audiences at home a glance into the life of the aquarium’s newest Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) calf, Kukdlaa (KOOK-dlah), born on April 18, 2016. Continue Reading>

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Earth Day at Shedd: Encouraging Chicago to Shedd the Straw

Shedd Aquarium is celebrating Earth Day this year by challenging the Chicagoland community to commit to a conservation action that will protect our planet’s waterways and the animals that live in them. With its new Shedd the straw campaign, Shedd hopes to inspire Chicagoans to remove single-use plastic straws from their everyday life to reduce the amount of plastic pollution that enters our oceans, lakes and rivers. Continue Reading>

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Chicago Conservation Leaders Join Urgent International Effort to Save World's Most Endangered Marine Mammal from Extinction

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo and Lincoln Park Zoo are responding to the emergency rescue needs of the vaquita porpoise – the smallest and most endangered marine mammal – through their support of an ambitious action plan aimed at saving what scientists believe to be the only 30 remaining of the species in the world. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium "O-Fish-Ally" Welcomes Back Chicago Baseball on Opening Day

As Chicago baseball players and fans alike gear up for a new season of America’s favorite past time, Shedd Aquarium is also out-of-the-park excited for Opening Day. Shedd’s animals are welcoming their two favorite baseball teams on both the north and south side by sporting their team’s colors, enjoying enrichment treats while cheering them on or even showing off their training and skills. Continue Reading>

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Spring is the Season of Love! Shedd Penguins Build Nests for Mating Season

Love is in the air during spring, which is especially true for the penguins at Shedd Aquarium as they prepare for mating season. It is officially nest building time for the rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, two species that reside at Shedd. Nesting materials including sticks and rocks have been placed in the habitat this week for the birds to collect and arrange into love nests before they pair up for mating season. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Shares 15 Fun Facts in Celebration of Dolphin Awareness Day

In honor of Dolphin Awareness Month, Shedd Aquarium is celebrating the dolphins that call Shedd home. Approximately two million people visit Shedd each year and have the rare opportunity to experience and connect with Pacific white-sided dolphins. To celebrate this playful, acrobatic, intelligent species for Dolphin Awareness Month in March, Shedd is sharing 15 fun facts about what we have learned from providing them world-class care! Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Partners in Groundbreaking Research on Marine Virology

Shedd Aquarium’s Microbiome Project is pleased to welcome Jean Pierre Nshimyimana, a postdoctoral researcher from Michigan State University (MSU), as a collaborator over the next two years. Nshimyimana is one of three recipients of the 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Microbiology of the Built Environment (MoBE) Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Sloan fellowship provides $120,000 in support of outstanding postdoctoral research on some aspect of indoor microbial ecology. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Meets Water Conservation Goal

Shedd Aquarium exterior on the shore of Lake Michigan with the Chicago skyline in the background.Shedd Aquarium is celebrating World Water Day this year by announcing an early victory on a goal that aimed to reduce the aquarium’s new water intake from the city and lake by 50 percent. At the close of 2016, water conservation efforts came to fruition as annual water consumption decreased by 52 percent, one year earlier than planned. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Showcases Otterly Adorable Animal & Trainer Relationships This Valentine's Day

Shedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care, is showing some Valentine’s Day love this year by highlighting animal and trainer relationships that are guaranteed to make you feel warm and fuzzy on February 14! Animal care trainers showcase the most rewarding part of their jobs, favorite memories, and what a typical day is like working with these special animals. Continue Reading>

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Professor Joins Shedd Aquarium to Advance Understanding of Microbial Communities

Shedd Aquarium’s Microbiome Project welcomes Dr. Angela Kent, a professor in the department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for a five-month sabbatical. Over the several months, the renowned microbial ecologist will be working alongside Shedd scientists and experts to further understand the impact of water-saving measures on microbial communities in the Abbott OceanariumContinue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Partners with the Bahamas National Trust to Study Vital Fishery

Shedd Aquarium has teamed up with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) as part of a group of conservation organizations (collectively known as partners in “conchservation”) studying queen conch, Lobatus gigas, in The Bahamas to understand why local populations are in decline. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Mourns Loss of World's Oldest Aquarium Fish

Shedd Aquarium is saddened to announce the passing of one of its most iconic and beloved animal residents and longest-lived of any fish in a zoological setting in the world – Granddad, a male Australia lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri) who was humanely euthanized Sunday due to a rapid decline in quality of life associated with old age. Continue Reading>

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Pupdate: Shedd's Newest Sea Otter Rescue Ellie Celebrates One Year at Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium’s newest rescued southern sea otter Ellie, previously known as Pup 719, is celebrating her one year anniversary of finding her forever home at Shedd Aquarium. Last January, Shedd’s Animal Response Team welcomed the seven-week-old orphaned pup and provided around-the-clock care with a team of dedicated animal trainers and veterinarians to assist her in reaching critical milestones. Continue Reading>

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New Year, New Happenings at Shedd Aquarium 

With 2017 officially underway, Shedd Aquarium is excited to offer guests and members unique ways to get involved this year! This winter, go on a guided tour behind-the-scenes, experience what it is like to be a marine mammal trainer or participate in a shark feeding tour, or better yet volunteer to lead guests on these extraordinary experiences! Visitors can also spend a night at Shedd during Asleep with the Fishes or sign up for education programs, such as spring break camp or Club Shedd. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Researchers Document the Collapse of Historic Fish Aggregation

Shedd Aquarium researchers published a study in the Bulletin of Marine Science today in partnership with the University of Exeter, Perry Institute for Marine Science and the Bahamas National Trust documenting the collapse of a Nassau grouper, Epinephelus striatus, spawning aggregation in The Bahamas. An important fishery in The Bahamas, the study can be used as an indicator that, despite existing protections, Nassau grouper populations are declining, suggesting a need for adapted management. Continue Reading>

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Dawn® and Shedd Aquarium Inspire Next Generation of Wildlife Enthusiasts 

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, Dawn and Shedd Aquarium launched a new national in-classroom and web accessible STEM curriculum called NextGen Animal Responders, which will allow teachers to offer fifth through eighth grade student’s five Next Generation Science Standards lesson plans. The lessons aim to increase students’ environmental and science literacy through Shedd animal rescue and rehabilitation stories and resources and provide a connection to nature and the environment that students living in an urban setting might not have the opportunity to experience. Continue Reading>

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