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Meet Calista and Carmen, Two Magellanic Penguins Named by Members at Shedd Aquarium

Two penguin chicks, identifiable by their lighter and grayer coloring, stand side-by-side.A Shedd Aquarium officially announced the names of two Magellanic penguin chicks previously known as Chick 420 and 421. Continue Reading>

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Letter from Shedd Aquarium: Endangered Species Need Our Help and Our Voices

Small turtle hatchling, easily identified by its bright yellow chin and throat and dark, slightly domed shell sporting a white ID number, faces the camera.The federal government has, as feared, finalized changes that weaken the Endangered Species Act's protections for our planet's wildlife. We urge our supporters to continue to raise their voices for endangered species. Continue Reading>

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Beluga Calf Growth Right On Track at Shedd Aquarium

Beluga whale glides through the blue water.A recent health check-up with the new beluga whale calf at Shedd Aquarium revealed that the calf is growing at an incredibly healthy rate. In fact, the young cetacean has put on 50 pounds in the first 30 days since he was born in early July. Continue Reading>

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Scientist Joins Shedd Aquarium Research Team to Study Frogs, Salamanders in Chicagoland Area 

Headshot of Dr. Melissa YoungquistA new research biologist, Dr. Melissa Youngquist, joined Shedd Aquarium's Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research this summer, adding expertise in amphibian conservation to the aquarium's freshwater research team. Continue Reading>

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Two Baby Penguins Will Soon Make Public Debut

Two penguin chicks side-by-side with their fluffy, gray feathers.It Shedd Aquarium announced today its two new Magellanic penguin chicks, hatched in May, are both females. Continue Reading>

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Two Rescued Otters x Forty Winks = Infinitely Cute Photos 

Two sea otter pups, side-by-side, sleeping with their arms raised over their heads.It may not look like it in these photos, but a lot is going on behind the scenes in Shedd Aquarium's Regenstein Sea Otter Nursery. Continue Reading>

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Innovative Technology Expands Shedd Aquarium's Accessibility Offerings

A woman stands in front of the anaconda exhibit with her phone raised out in front of her to recieve audio description.Shedd Aquarium is now providing guests who are blind or have low vision a new technology offering that delivers free, real-time audio description of everything from individual animals to the signage with unbelievable facts, details about the habitats and more. Continue Reading>

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Two Rescued Sea Otter Pups Find Open Arms at Shedd Aquarium

Baby beluga whale comes to the surface of the water supported by momShedd Aquarium welcomed two orphaned southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) pups that were rescued by California's Monterey Bay Aquarium. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Welcomes Healthy Beluga Whale Calf

Baby beluga whale comes to the surface of the water supported by momShedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care and welfare, announced that Mauyak (MY-yak), a 38-year-old beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) gave birth to a healthy calf on Wednesday, July 3 at 7:23 p.m. Continue Reading>

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Animal Care Experts from Shedd Aquarium Respond to Partner's Call to Rescue, Rehab Wild California Sea Lions in Need

Vet tech hold IV near malnourished sea lion pup in a warming pool.A large influx of sick adult California sea lions and malnourished pups has created a crisis situation with organizations like Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute on the front lines. Continue Reading>

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Best Things to See, Touch, Hear and Do at Shedd Aquarium This Summer

Fish in Caribbean ReefCalling all animal enthusiasts and nature lovers this summer to Shedd Aquarium to get immersed in the aquatic world.  Continue Reading>

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A Pacific White-Sided Dolphin at Shedd is Expecting

Pacific white-sided dolphin from underwater viewing.Shedd Aquarium announces today that Piquet, a 31-year-old Pacific white-sided dolphin at the aquarium, is pregnant and expected to give birth later this fall. Continue Reading>

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New Arrivals: Shedd Welcomes Sibling Penguin Hatchlings

Baby penguin chick in the palm of a trainer's hand.Shedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care, welcomed two Magellanic penguin chicks (Spheniscus magellanicus) following the annual breeding season that began with nesting in late March. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Black Tie Gala, Reflections, Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary and Raises Nearly $2 Million to Advance Mission

Abbott Oceanarium curtain reads, "Reflections, Tomorrow starts tonight," for special aquatic presentation. Leaders from Chicago's philanthropic community came together at Shedd Aquarium on Saturday, May 18, to support the aquarium's vision for a world thriving with aquatic life to share with future generations. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Veterinarians Examine a Blackspotted Puffer

Dr. Caryn Poll, a senior staff veterinarian, points to an ultrasound of a blackspotted puffer.Shedd Aquarium shared a behind-the-scenes look at an exam of a blackspotted puffer late last week to give the public a better look at aquatic veterinary care ahead of World Veterinary Day - Saturday, April 27. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Makes New Commitments to Cut Back on Plastic

Boat toy labeled green toys since it's made of recycled plastic.On Earth Day 2019, aquariums across the United States are leading by example in the fight against one of the threats facing ocean and freshwater animals - plastic pollution. Continue Reading>

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New Study Provides Hope for How to Save the Queen Conch Fishery in The Bahamas

Queen Conch, a marine snail with a large shell. After a 2018 review of queen conch populations in The Bahamas indicated rapid declines, a new research study brings hope for how to save the imperiled marine snail's future. Continue Reading>

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Lincoln Park Zoo, Shedd Aquarium and Brookfield Zoo Announce Family-Friendly Events to Support the Environment

Volunteers help pick up litter at Ping Tom Memorial Chicagoland families can get out into nature and improve the health of our planet during Party for the Planet® Spring into Action, a series of celebration and stewardship ddays that will take place between Earth Day (April 22) and World Oceans Day (June 8). Continue Reading>

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Choose Your Own Adventure During Spring Break at Shedd Aquarium

Two children dip their hands into a sea star touch pool. As families get ready to decide how to spend their Spring Break, Shedd Aquarium is sharing a list of exciting happenings at the aquarium. Continue Reading>

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New Sensory Friendly Offerings Expand Shedd's Accessibility Offerings

A mother and a son wearing sound reducing headphones look at the Sensory Friendly Mobile App on their phone at Shedd. As part of a continued commitment to foster a welcoming and inclusive culture, Shedd Aquarium is expanding its accessibility offerings for guests with autism or a sensory processing disorder in mind. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium's Animal Response Team Joins International Dolphin Rescue Effort 

Shedd's vet resident, Dr. Julie Sheldon, examines a Bolivian river dolphin.Veterinarians from The Maryland Zoo, the Saint Louis Zoo and Chicago's Shedd Aquarium traveled 4,000 miles to rescue dolphins in central Bolivia, where a group of approximately 15 endangered Bolivian river dolphins were trapped in a lake. Continue Reading>

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Shedd After Hours Events Launch for Adult-Only Audiences

Adults explore Shedd's newest special exhibit, Underwater Beauty, observing the weedy sea dragons.Shedd Aquarium is launching a new series of events for guests 21 and older with special programming and custom food and drink options designed to offer more mature, unexpected ways to look nature in the eye. Continue Reading>

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New Sea Otter Extraordinary Experience at Shedd Aquarium Supports Care and Rescue Work

Yaku, Shedd's sea otter.Shedd Aquarium is launching Chicago's first sea otter encounter program, giving guests an entirely new way to interact up-close with the popular marine mammals. Continue Reading>

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