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Shedd Expands Conservation Research Team to Preserve Freshwater, Marine Biodiversity

Headshot of Austin HappelThree new research biologists joined the conservation research team at Shedd Aquarium, bringing new areas of expertise in freshwater and marine ecosystems to the aquarium's Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. Continue Reading>

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Research Says Regulatory Changes Needed to Ensure Sustainable Fishing of Queen Conch in The Bahamas

Diver approached a queen conch shell. Queen Conch is a marine snail with an iconic shell that serves as a culinary staple in The Bahamas. However, thousands of years of exploitation in the greater Caribbean region has had clear impacts on conch abundances. If quen conch populations in The Bahamas continue to decline, scientists warn the inevitable end to economically viable conch fishing if actions are not taken to allow the conch stocks to recover. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Announces Upcoming Illinois Resident Free Days/Evenings

Shedd Aquarium front entrance with banners that read "All Are Welcome"Chicago residents will have plenty of chances to swap the cold this January and February to explore the toasty Amazon Rising habitat where red-bellied piranhas live or spend time in the Caribbean Reef with Nickel the sea turtle. That's because Shedd Aquarium is offering 25 Illinois Resident Free Days during the first two months of the year. Continue Reading>

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Three Simple Ways You Can Protect Our Planet in 2019

Great Horned OwletRing in the new year with new resolutions that benefit both humans and the planet we live on! Whether it's spending more time outdoors, reaching out to government officials to speak up for our planet's wildlife or reducing your use of single-use plastic, Shedd Aquarium's conservation experts are offering a few resolutions you can take on in 2019. Continue Reading>

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Shedd, Northwestern Team Up to Protect Animals Through Expanded Partnership

Great Lakes fish, white and longnost suckers, viewed underwater during their spring spawning runs.Shedd Aquarium's For more than a decade, Shedd Aquarium's Animal Health team has turned to Northwestern Engineering to develop innovative solutions that further enhance Shedd's animal welfare practices. But, for the first time this year, the aquarium's conservation scientists have been proposing projects to the students that advance their ability to conduct research to protect populations of animals in the wild. Continue Reading>

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Coral Scientist Joins Shedd Aquarium Research Team

Dr. Ross Cunning, a coral research biologist, joins Shedd.Shedd Aquarium's Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research welcomed a new conservation research biologist this month, expanding the aquarium's dedication to understanding and conserving aquatic species and ecosystems. Continue Reading>

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Meet Nia, First Magellanic Penguin Chick Bred at Shedd Aquarium Gets a Name

A Magellanic penguin chick looks squarely at the camera from Shedd's habitat. Shedd Aquarium announced that the first Magellanic penguin chick (Spheniscus magellanicus) bred at the aquarium, which hatched Mother's Day weekend, is a female. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Expands Access for Guests with Disabilities

As part of Shedd's accessibility and inclusion initiatives, the aquarium will be hosting its first-ever Calm Waters: Extended Hours for Guests with Disabilities events. Attendees will have an opportunity to explore all exhibits and experiences in a comfortable and accepting enviornment. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Wants You to Eat Sustainable Fish This October

To celebrate National Seafood Month in October, Shedd Aquarium is encouraging Chicagoland residents to eat seafood this month - but make sure it's diverse and sustainable! Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Welcomes New Board Members

Shedd Aquarium, a recognized leader in animal care, conservation education and research, is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees, including Gavin Hattersley of MillerCoors, John Hesselmann of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Kim Simios of Ernst & Young. Continue Reading>

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Chicago Celebrities Help Kids Get Curious in Shedd Aquarium's New Kids' Video Series

Two kids face a large underwater viewing area where a beluga whale tail is seen. Several Chicago area celebrities make guest appearances in "Sea Curious," the brand new video series from Chicago's Shedd Aquarium - out now! Designed by kids for kids, each episode of "Sea Curious" answers a question about animals by exploring and having adventures at the aquarium and hope to spark curiousity for the aquatic animal world. Continue Reading>

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Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Shedd Aquarium Team Up to Make Strides in Reducing Single-Use Plastics

Diver underwater in Shedd's Wild Reef exhibit holds up a resuable mug from the aquarium. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is partnering with Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium to take on the issue of reducing single-use plastic pollution by joining the aquarium’s Shedd the Straw initiative for the 2018 Chicago Marathon on October 7. The partnership aims to reduce plastic use and encourage more sustainable alternatives for marathon participants, vendors and hotel and restaurant partners. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Beluga Whale is Pregnant

A beluga whale, distinguished by their white color, absence of a dorsal fin, and distinctive reounded "melon," the echolocation organ at the front of the head, peeks its head out of the water.Shedd Aquarium announced today that one of their marine mammals is expecting. Mauyak (MY-ak), a 37-year-old beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) is pregnant and expected to give birth in summer 2019. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Joins Local Effort to Benefit Endangered Blanding's Turtles

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.Shedd Aquarium welcomed 24 Blanding's turtle hatchlings to The A. Watson Amrour IIII Center for Aquatic Animal Health and Welfare as part of a new partnership with Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. These semi-aquatic Great Lakes turtles will remain in the aquarium's care for one year, as part of a head-start program, until they reach the appropriate size and weight to be released back into the wild at a protected site in a DuPage County forest preserve. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Free to Illinois Residents in September

Three children hold their hands up to the glass, captivated as a Pacific white-sided dolphin swims by in Shedd's Underwater Viewing area in the Polar Play Zone.Beginning Sept. 4, Illinoisans can access Shedd Aquarium free of charge throughout the entire month of September with proof of state residency. Presented by Ford Motor Company Fund, Shedd's Illinois Resident Free Days provides general admission to all aquarium exhibits and experiences, including the multi-species aquarium presentation, the bold and diverse animals within Shedd's new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty, daily dive presentations, animal chats and more. In addition, the aquarium has launched extended hours until 9 p.m. with new themed programming and music three days a week. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Accessibility & Inclusion Efforts Recognized with National Award

Standing in front of the Caribbean Reef exhibit, on the left a child wearing sound reducing headphones looks at the phone in his mother's hand that displays Shedd's Sensory Friendly App. As The Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD), a nationally-recognized network focused on accessibility services, has awarded Shedd Aquarium with the Community Asset Award for its "All Are Welcome: Accessibility and Inclusion" initiative. The honor recognizes achievements of cultural arts administrators or organizations that continually demonstrate success with access initiatives, improving accessibility for the disability community within their organization, city, state or region. Continue Reading>

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Loews Chicago Hotel is First Hotel to Go Straw-Free in Partnership with Shedd Aquarium

Magellanic penguin grabs a fish out of a glass mug with the Shedd Aquarium's logo on it.Loews Chicago Hotel joins Shedd Aquarium's "Shedd the Straw" initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic straws thoughout the hotel. Loews Chicago Hotel is the first hotel to join the initiative aimed at reducing single-use plastic straws in order to reduce waste and improve marine and freshwater ecosystems.  Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Wants You to Look Nature in the Eye This Summer with New Outdoor Aquatic Experiences

Woman kayaks along the Chicago river. Shedd Aquarium is taking learning and exploration outside of the aquarium walls this summer with new, outdoor aquatic experiences designed to spark curiosity for local waters and wildlife by bringing people closer to them. From a traveling aquarium exhibiting animals in some of Chicago’s neighborhood streets and parks, to a new floating island conservation program for Chicago River kayakers, to hands-on science experiences in a boat on Lake Michigan, the initiatives are driven by Shedd’s commitment to increase accessibility to nature within the city. Continue Reading>

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"Jazzin" Season at Shedd Aquarium Includes New, Themed Nights

Jazz band plays live for audience at Jazzin' at the Shedd summer event. As Shedd Aquarium’s popular Wednesday evening event series, Jazzin’ at the Shedd, enters its 22nd year, the aquarium is introducing new, themed nights and programming throughout the summer schedule. This includes special evenings from June through September celebrating LGTBQ Pride, Shark Week and women in science and more. The new themed programming is meant to help connect new audiences with the aquarium and the adult-friendly event series. Continue Reading>

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