2015 Press Releases

Shedd Aquarium Saddened by Loss of Southern Sea Otter

Southern Sea Otter CayucosShedd Aquarium, a world-class leader in animal care and conservation, is deeply saddened to announce the loss of Cayucos (ky-YOU-cos), a rescued southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) who arrived at Shedd in 2011 after being rescued off the coast of California at only a few weeks old. Continue reading> 

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Local schools win Shedd Aquarium's Wreath-Cycled Challenge

Wreath-Cycled 2015This season, Shedd Aquarium got into the holiday spirit with its annual Wreath-Cycled Classroom Challenge, giving Chicago-area teachers the opportunity to include environmental education into their classroom holiday celebrations. Continue reading > 

Meet Makoa, Shedd's youngest Pacific white-sided dolphin!

MakoaWhat do you get a dolphin calf for the holidays? A name! After a full week of voting, the results are in. Continue reading>

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Shedd Aquarium and ABC7 WLS Partner to Name Dolphin Calf

dolphin calfShedd Aquarium is making a splash this holiday season by inviting the public to participate in helping to name its newest male Pacific white-sided dolphin calf in partnership with ABC7 WLS Chicago beginning Dec 9. Continue reading>

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More than 100 protected fish confiscated from illegal pet trade now rehabilitating under care, expertise of Shedd Aquarium

USFWS Rescued ArapaimaU.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) turned to animal care and conservation leader Shedd Aquarium for assistance in the rescue and rehabilitation of 102 internationally protected juvenile arapaima following an attempted illegal importation for the pet trade industry. Continue reading >
USFWS Rescued Arapaima

Shedd Aquarium dedicates #GivingTuesday to sea otters

 Giving Tuesday at SheddWith the group of sea otters consuming nearly 25,000 pounds of restaurant quality, sustainable seafood annually – at a cost of $20,000 per otter per year – Shedd Aquarium is rolling out a city-wide fundraiser, #YouOtterGive, as part of the #GivingTuesday celebration of generosity. Continue Reading >

Giving Tuesday at Shedd

Dash through the snow to Shedd for holiday fun

There'sDash through the snow to Shedd for holiday fun no place like Shedd Aquarium for the holidays! Guests are invited to explore and connect with animals in a wintery, watery wonderland and create magical memories with the aquatic show, Holiday One World. Continue Reading > 

Dash through the snow to Shedd for holiday fun

Shedd Aquarium, Forest Preserves of Cook County team up to save local amphibians

2015 Amphibians GLAD in Somme WoodsFollowing the successful launch of the Amphibians special exhibit earlier this year, Shedd Aquarium announces a partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) to restore habitats across the county critical to local amphibian species. Continue reading > FPCC Partnership

Say hello to Peach, Shedd's latest rescued pup


Shedd Aquarium welcomes Peach, a 10-month-old dachshund/terrier mix, who joins three other rescued dogs that have found their home at the aquarium. Continue reading>

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Shedd Aquarium honored for achievements in sustainability

Governor's awardShedd Aquarium was honored with the Governor's Sustainability Award for its demonstrated leadership in implementing sustainable practices. Shedd joined the ranks of winners after dramatically reducing the aquarium's water use. Continue reading>

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Shedd Aquarium animal residents have a spooky good time


Shedd Aquarium trainers surprised beluga whales, penguins, sea otters, sea lions and dogs with a few tasty fall and Halloween-themed enrichment toys and fish-flavored frozen treats to get into the spirit of the holiday. Continue reading>

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It’s a boy! Rockhopper penguin chick gender confirmed as molting season begins at Shedd

penguin chick gender revealAs Shedd Aquarium’s three-month-old rockhopper penguin chick is quickly reaching new development milestones, animal care staff has confirmed that the newest addition at the aquarium is a male. The gender was determined by a genetic test conducted during a recent check-up. Continue Reading>

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Meet chick #23, Shedd Aquarium's newest rockhopper penguin

Rockhopper penguinShedd Aquarium welcomes chick #23, a rockhopper penguin hatched Tuesday, June 9, 2015 to parents Edward and Annie following penguin breeding season in March.Guests can try to spot chick #23 in Shedd’s Polar Play Zone, where it is currently in its nest with its parents. Continue Reading> 

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New Smartphone App Offers Guide to Great Lakes Fish

fish finder appScientists from the John G. Shedd Aquarium are teaming up with citizen scientists to identify fish species in the Great Lakes with the new Great Lakes Fish Finder app, a portable, user-friendly field guide to Great Lakes fishes for smartphones and tablets. Continue Reading>

Pacific White-Sided Dolphin Calf Born at Shedd Aquarium

PiquetShedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care and welfare, announced today that one of its Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), Piquet (pee-KEHT), gave birth to a healthy calf at approximately 12:10 a.m. on June 1.  Both mother and calf appear to be doing well and will remain under 24-hour observation by Shedd’s animal care staff for several months.  Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Trustees Elect H. John Gilbertson Jr. to Board Chairman

John GIlbertsonShedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care, conservation education and research, proudly announces the election of H. John Gilbertson Jr. as its next Chairman of the Board of Trustees, made official during the governing body’s annual meeting Thursday. Gilbertson, a Shedd board member since 2000 and retired Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., succeeds Tyrone C. Fahner, partner for global law firm Mayer Brown who has served in the leadership position since 2012. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Brookfield Zoo mobilize to end extinction of world’s most vulnerable species

AZA SAFEHonoring the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago’s Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo and the 226 other zoological organizations across North America accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), proudly announce a collective commitment to a new effort focused on saving the world’s most vulnerable species from extinction and restoring them to healthy populations in the wild. Continue Reading>

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Jump for joy! Shedd Aquarium's new exhibit Amphibians opens May 16

Surinam Horned ToadThey live in treetops, deserts and swamps, grow to several feet long or to only the size of a quarter, and outsmart their predators by looking like a leaf or by poisoning them. Amphibians are among the most fascinating and diverse animals groups in the world as well as the most threatened – and can now be seen for a limited time at Shedd Aquarium’s new special exhibit, Amphibians, opening this Saturday. Continue Reading>

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Summer Shedd-ule of events

Jazzin at the SheddDive into summer fun at Shedd Aquarium! Visit the brand new special exhibit, Amphibians, and get to know more than 40 species of salamanders, frogs and rarely-seen caecilians. Shedd’s popular Stingray Touch exhibit will reopen after the long winter, offering a chance to interact with stingrays! Craving time in the sun? Sign up for one of Shedd’s Great Lakes Action Days (GLAD), which welcomes eco-minded volunteers to the beach beyond the aquarium walls. Continue Reading>

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“LEECH-NADO!” Mysterious, massive swarm of leeches puzzles scientists

LeechesUpon returning from a research trip focused on habitat restoration for migratory Great Lakes fishes near Green Bay, Wisc. last week, Shedd Aquarium’s Postdoctoral Research Associate Solomon David, Ph.D. shared video of what appears to be a massive school of leeches he unintentionally discovered while in the field. The film – self-titled “Leech-nado” by Dr. David, amassed more than 15,000 views on YouTube in less than 24 hours. Continue Reading> 

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Shedd Aquarium President/CEO Ted A. Beattie to Retire

Ted BeattieAfter more than two decades of leadership for one of the world’s most-respected animal care, conservation and education organizations, Shedd Aquarium President and Chief Executive Officer Ted A. Beattie announced today his intent for retirement in late 2016, bringing to close a 35-year legacy of commitment to the advancement of conservation and education for animals and ecosystems. Continue Reading> 

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Shedd Aquarium expands Caribbean research team

Andy KoughShedd Aquarium announces the hiring of Andrew Kough, Ph.D. as a postdoctoral research associate for the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. Dr. Kough will lead field work in the Bahamas assessing the larval transport of queen conch (Lobatus gigas) and how it informs conservation management. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium, Walgreens partner to create on-demand prescription deliver for aquatic animal residents

WalgreensShedd Aquarium, a pioneer in aquatic animal health and medicine, has teamed up with national wellness leader Walgreens Pharmacy to create a first-of-its-kind partnership that provides on-demand access to preventive care medicine and supplements for its 32,000 animal residents. Continue Reading>  

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Meet Kobe, Shedd Aquarium’s newest rescue dog

KobeShedd Aquarium welcomes Kobe, a 3-year-old male Dogo Argentino mix adopted through local pet rescue partner, Lucky Dog Rescue. The energetic pup joins two other rescue dogs comprising Shedd’s current canine family:  Dory, a female Shepherd mix; and Marlin, a male Labrador mix. Continue Reading>

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“Amphibians” leaps into Shedd this May as new special exhibit

Amazon Milk FrogBeginning this May, Shedd Aquarium will unveil a new special exhibit showcasing the amazing world of amphibians—featuring 40 species of salamanders, frogs and rarely-seen caecilians—highlighting their amazing diversity, unique adaptations and the serious challenges they face. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium anticipating birth of Pacific white-sided dolphin calf this summer

DolphinShedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care and welfare, announced today that one of its Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) is expecting a calf this summer. Continue Reading> 

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Shedd Aquarium, Renowned Microbiologists Team Up to Pioneer First Aquarium Microbiome Project

MicrobesChicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium, a recognized leader in advanced aquatic animal care and conservation science research, in partnership with renowned research organizations including Argonne National Laboratory, University of Illinois, Illinois Institute of Technology and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the launch of the Aquarium Microbiome Project. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium mourns loss of Pacific white-sided dolphin

ReefShedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care and welfare, is deeply saddened to announce the loss of Tiqué (TEE-kay), a geriatric female Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens). Continue Reading> 

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