Shedd Aquarium’s Stance on Dolphin Drive Fisheries

As animal advocates, Shedd Aquarium remains steadfast in our opposition to the inhumane slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. None of our dolphins have come from the Japanese dolphin drive hunts and we do not support, fund or acquire animals from these drives. We are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which prohibits member institutions from acquiring animals from these drives. The AZA has urged U.S. government and representative agencies to proactively work with the government of Japan to bring an end to this practice. 

If you share our concerns and want to help stop the slaughter of dolphins and whales in Japan, please write to the Prime Minister of Japan and email the Japanese Ambassador in Washington, D.C.

Dolphins at Shedd Aquarium
At Shedd Aquarium, our mission is to connect our guests to the living world and inspire every person to make a difference. It’s a mission we take very seriously and for more than 84 years, the animals in our care have impacted  tens of millions of people as ambassadors for their species.

Shedd’s state-of-the-art facilities and animal care experts are valuable resources for Shedd’s conservation partners in Chicago and the world. Onsite research provides  valuable information about animal biology and behavior that helps  support healthy populations in the wild. Shedd’s dolphins even assisted wildlife biologists in learning about the species’ foraging patterns; this provided the information needed for the government to enact new laws that protected wild populations.

Three of the four Pacific white-sided dolphins currently at Shedd are more than 20 years old and have been in our care since they arrived in the early 1990s. The fourth and youngest dolphin, Sagu, was born at Shedd in May of 2012.

Find out more about how Shedd protects these beautiful animals for future generations.

Your support
More than 2 million people visit Shedd every year, but few people will ever have the opportunity to make direct connections with dolphins in the wild. Organizations like Shedd Aquarium provide this first-hand experience and inspire visitors to support the conservation of these magnificent animals and their habitats. Learn more about how you can support Shedd.