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 beluga calf rescue efforts in Canada and Alaska, oil spill responses in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and 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

More than 100 protected fish confiscated from illegal pet trade now rehabilitating under care, expertise of Shedd Aquarium

USFWS Rescued ArapaimaU.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) turned to animal care and conservation leader Shedd Aquarium for assistance in the rescue and rehabilitation of 102 internationally protected juvenile arapaima following an attempted illegal importation for the pet trade industry. Continue reading >
USFWS Rescued Arapaima

Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Brookfield Zoo mobilize to end extinction of world’s most vulnerable species

AZA SAFEHonoring the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago’s Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo and the 226 other zoological organizations across North America accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), proudly announce a collective commitment to a new effort focused on saving the world’s most vulnerable species from extinction and restoring them to healthy populations in the wild. Continue Reading>

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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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