Conservation Press Kit

Shedd Aquarium has made a tremendous impact across the globe. The conservation researchers, scientists and biologists of Shedd Aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research are in the field — and the water — from Southeast Asia to the Bahamas and from the Amazon River basin to the Great Lakes watershed. As a responsible steward of the animals in its care, Shedd is committed to conserving species and ecosystems through research that increases knowledge, informs policy, enhances livelihoods and inspires the public to become environmental stewards.

Fact sheets

Recent news

Shedd Aquarium welcomes two rare Bahamian rock iguanas

Bahamian IguanaShedd Aquarium is proud to welcome two Exuma Island Rock Iguanas into its care. Among the most critically endangered lizards in the world – only 2,000 remain in the wild – the Exuma Island Iguana is at extreme risk of extinction. Guests can learn more about these amazing animals as part of the aquarium’s Islands and Lakes gallery. 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 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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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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