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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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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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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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