Animal Care Press Kit

With 32,000 animals at Shedd Aquarium, imagine the expertise required to maintain the health of a collection that runs the gamut from seahorse to sea turtle, Magellanic penguin to Pacific white-sided dolphin. Animal care is the No. 1 priority at Shedd. What does that mean? Whether it’s providing training and enrichment to a beluga calf, discovering new ways to diagnose and treat sea stars, or developing special rehabilitation programs for a blind sea lion, the aquarium is dedicated to the health and welfare of each of our animals.

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Recent news

Shedd Aquarium Hosts Kids Vote to Name Dolphin Calf 

Katrl's CalfAs election fervor grows across the country, Shedd Aquarium will host an election of its own – a chance for kids and teens to vote on a name for its newest dolphin calf born at the aquarium in April. Continue reading>

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Shedd’s Pacific white-sided dolphin calf is a…boy!

dolphin calfShedd Aquarium revealed today that its two-week-old Pacific white-sided dolphin calf is a male. Born April 18 at 9:14 a.m., the calf has surpassed several critical milestones in its development, including taking his first breath, bonding with mom, nursing and learning to slipstream. Continue Reading>

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Pacific white-sided dolphin calf born at Shedd Aquarium

PWD calfShedd Aquarium welcomed a Pacific white-sided dolphin calf to the aquarium family on April 18 at 9:14 a.m. Although the team remains cautiously optimistic during this time, both calf and mom appear healthy. Continue Reading>

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Dr. Matt O’Connor joins Shedd’s world-class animal health division

Dr. Matt O'ConnorShedd Aquarium, a global leader in aquatic animal health and medicine, announces the addition of Matt O’Connor, DVM, MPVM, to its decorated team of animal care professionals at the A. Watson Armour III Center for Animal Health and Welfare. Continue Reading>

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It’s a boy! Rockhopper penguin chick gender confirmed as molting season begins at Shedd

penguin chick gender revealAs Shedd Aquarium’s three-month-old rockhopper penguin chick is quickly reaching new development milestones, animal care staff has confirmed that the newest addition at the aquarium is a male. The gender was determined by a genetic test conducted during a recent check-up. Continue Reading>

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Shedd’s dolphin calf to make public debut Saturday, July 18

Dolphin calfShedd Aquarium’s male Pacific white-sided dolphin calf will make its public debut in the Abbott Oceanarium’s Secluded Bay July 18, after six-weeks of bonding with mother Piquet and achieving several critical milestones. Continue Reading>

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