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Shedd Aquarium Names Gary Gordon Chief Financial Officer 

Headshot of Gary Gordon, Shedd Aquarium's CFO. Shedd Aquarium announced today that Gary Gordon, a finance executive with over 20 years of financial and administrative experience across multiple government sectors, will join its executive team as chief financial officer April 23. In this role, Gordon will be responsible for optimizing organizational performance along with long-term modeling and planning to ensure financial stability for the institution, including operational efficiencies in risk management, cost effectiveness and financial controls. Continue Reading>

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Shedd New Book Explores Zoos', Aquariums' Evolving Role in Tackling Global Biodiversity Crisis

Book cover title, "The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation." As scores of wild species and ecosystems around the world face a variety of human-caused threats, from habitat destruction and fragmentation to rapid climate change, a new book published by the University of Chicago Press illuminates the growing significance zoos and aquariums play as conservation engines for the preservation of global biodiversity in this century. Titled “The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation,” the book, published in March 2018, includes a rich and diverse collection of authors including leaders from Shedd Aquarium and Phoenix Zoo, as well as from a host of other zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Continue Reading>

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Underwater Beauty: A New Special Exhibit Coming to Shedd Aquarium

This May, Shedd Aquarium will celebrate the diverse and vibrant beauty of marine life through the opening of its latest special exhibit –Underwater Beauty. Featuring thousands of animals representing 100 species, Underwater Beauty promises to be the aquarium’s most diverse special exhibit in its 88-year history. Continue Reading>

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New Research at Shedd Aquarium Studies Impacts of Touch Pool Exhibits on Animal Health

A group of cownose stingray swim toward the camera. Cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) are commonly displayed in touch pool exhibits at accredited zoos and aquariums across the country, but there has been little research to explore how these practices might affect the health of the animals. That was the motivation behind a newly published study in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, which compared health parameters of cownose rays in a public-facing touch pool with those of cownose rays that remained in a larger system off-exhibit. Continue Reading>

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Otter-ly Adorable Snow Day at Shedd Aquarium

Kiana, a Northern sea otter, is a real standout with an all-white head. She stands in a pile of snow.Shedd Aquarium’s rescued sea otters received special enrichment when animal care experts brought fresh snow into their habitat. With the densest fur in the animal kingdom, the otters took no time striding and sliding into the snow in a typical “otter-ly” adorable way. Continue Reading>

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Chicago Zoological Society Takes on Lead on Multi-Institutional Cetacean Study

Underwater image of two beluga whales looking at the camera.The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which manages Brookfield Zoo, is taking the lead in the largest-ever, multi-institutional study of how physical habitat, environmental enrichment, and animal training impact the welfare of cetaceans in zoos and aquariums worldwide. This study will take place across 44 accredited facilities in seven countries where scientists will gather data regarding approximately 290 common and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, 20 beluga whales, and eight Pacific white-sided dolphins. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Shares Dates for Free Acess and Extended Hours to Illinois Residents, Scheduled to Close Jan. 16-17

Nickel, a green sea turtle, swims through Caribbean Reef at Shedd Aquarium. On select days throughout the year, Illinois residents with a valid ID receive free access to Shedd Aquarium. This includes general admission, the chance to experience an aquatic presentation (subject to availability), Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea (through Sept. 2018), seasonal Stingray Touch (open late May to October), daily animal chats, and more. Admission can be upgraded to include 4-D Experience for $4.95 per guest. Continue Reading>

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Illinois Environmental Leaders Resolve to Reduce Great Lakes Plastic Pollution in 2018

Local elected officials, alongside leaders from Shedd Aquarium, Alliance for the Great Lakes and Illinois Environmental Council (IEC), announced a joint resolution to take on the nationwide fight against plastic pollution in local waterways in 2018. The commitment aligns with the new federal law banning the sale and manufacture of personal care products containing plastic microbeads earmarked for implementation this year. Continue Reading>

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Local Schools Win Shedd Aquarium's Wreath-Cycled Challenge

A hand-crafted wreath made by Chicagoland school children created using only 100 percent recyclable materials. The wreath is made to look like a sea turtle.More than 120 hand-crafted wreaths made by Chicagoland school children decked the halls of Shedd Aquarium this holiday season as part of an educational program called the Wreath-Cycled Classroom Challenge, hosted by the aquarium’s Auxiliary Board. During a special family event Dec. 17, 14 classrooms were recognized for their unique wreaths, which will continue to hang around the aquarium’s Caribbean Reef exhibit through January 8. Continue Reading>

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Four Rockhopper Penguins at Shedd Aquarium Celebrate Unprecedented 30th Birthdays

Four Rockhopper penguins stand by a sign that reads "Happy 30th Birthday."This month, four Rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome) at Shedd Aquarium are celebrating the big 3-0! The birds, fondly named Drake, Magdalena, Pebbles and Wellington, are the first penguins to turn 30 at the aquarium, making them the longest-lived penguins in Shedd’s history. Continue Reading>

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Asian Carp Expert Joins Shedd Aquarium Research Team

Andy Casper, director of freshwater research, at Shedd Aquarium standing near Lake Michigan. A new staff addition at Shedd Aquarium will help expand the aquarium’s research on freshwater species and waterways. Andrew Casper, Ph.D. joins Shedd’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research (Haerther Center) as the aquarium’s Director of Freshwater Research. In this role, Dr. Casper will oversee a team of scientists studying the animals that live in local waterways and how to protect them. Continue Reading>

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