Rescue & Rehabilitation Press Kit

As a nationally recognized leader in rescue and rehabilitation work, Shedd Aquarium has responded to animals in need for more than four decades. Whether it’s providing around-the-clock care for a stranded sea otter pup or serving as an active responder in times of environmental disaster, Shedd’s animal care and veterinarian teams are respected for their trusted counsel and expertise in times of crisis.

Although Shedd is located on the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan, its reach is global, including sea otter pup and sea lion stranding rescue efforts in California, African penguin rehabilitation in South Africa, and endangered coral recovery in Florida. Shedd frequently acts as a partner and advisor to government agencies such as NOAA and the National Marine Fisheries Service, organizations and fellow zoos and aquariums around the world that need advice about relocating orphaned or injured wildlife.

Closer to home, Shedd’s Chicago location makes the aquarium a first responder for illegal wildlife imports that come through the city’s ports. Shedd works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to care for endangered corals, tropical fishes and sea turtles that are seized by customs officials. In every case, Shedd’s work contributes to the growing scientific body of knowledge on rescue and rehabilitation of aquatic wildlife.

Fact sheets

Recent news

Meet Ellie, Shedd Aquarium's rescued sea otter pup!

EllieShedd Aquarium officially announced the name of its female sea otter pup known as Pup 71. Over 1,500 votes from Shedd members were tallied from the voting contest and the winning name is... Ellie! Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium teams up with Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute to care for stranded Southern California sea lions

stranded sea lion pupDue to warmer than normal ocean temperatures and the impact of El Nino conditions, 2016 is forecasted to be an extremely challenging year for marine mammals across the coast of California. CIMWI and Shedd Aquarium are working together to provide aid to the rising number of sea lion pup strandings in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in Southern California. Continue Reading>

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PUPdate: Shedd's newest sea otter rescue Pup 719 making herself right at home

Sea otter pup 719Shedd Aquarium’s newest rescued southern sea otter, Pup 719, is getting along “swimmingly” as she receives around-the-clock care in the Regenstein Sea Otter Nursery. Continue reading>

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