• How I Care for Amphibians, Part 2

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    To protect our amphibian collection, along with the regular quarantine procedures, we screen all incoming frogs for chytrid (KIH-trid), a type of fungus. I’ll take a specialized swab and gently run it across the frog’s underside. Then I’ll send the sample to a laboratory where it undergoes a very sensitive test for genetic material that indicates the presence of this disease.

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  • The Must-See Animals of the Galapagos Islands

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    The Galapagos are the most enchanting islands in the world in part because of the unique wildlife that have evolved there. These extremely adapted versions of mainland species that colonized the archipelago only a few million years ago continue to live in pristine environments and are largely unfazed by humans.

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  • Help Clear the Shelters on Aug. 15

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    This Saturday, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are hosting “Clear the Shelters,” a collaboration with more than 30 Chicago-area animal shelters to find loving homes for as many adorable, adoptable pets as possible.

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  • School Groups a Perfect Match for This Volunteer

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    When Nancy Smith retired after 24 years of teaching in the Chicago Public Schools system, she was soon looking for a new group of students. She found them when she became a Shedd Aquarium volunteer.

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  • How I Care for Amphibians

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    Veterinary care of the animals in the Amphibians special exhibit began long before they got here. The animal health team met with the husbandry staff to discuss the species they were interested in and their requirements. Then we did our homework. We needed to know where the animals were coming from.

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