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.