2018 Press Releases

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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Shedd Aquarium Black Tie Gala, Underwater Beauty, Raises $1.9 Million to Support Animal Response, Conservation and Accessibility Efforts

Two Pacific White-Sided Dolphins perform a tail-walk in uniform. Leaders from Chicago’s philanthropic community came together at Shedd Aquarium on Saturday, June 9 to champion the aquarium’s conservation programs, accessibility efforts and international animal rescue and rehabilitation endeavors. The black-tie gala, Underwater Beauty, hosted by the aquarium’s Board of Trustees, and Co-Chairs Dixie and Rick Erwin, raised more than $1.9 million during the evening. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Brings 'Underwater Beauty' to the Surface in New Special Exhibit Opening Memorial Day Weekend

Water wall features states, "Underwater Beauty."From boldly-colored fish and glowing coral to dreamlike patterns of wrasses and tangs, Shedd Aquarium’s new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty, aims to bring guests closer to the stunning and surprising spectrum of shapes, sizes, movement, patterns and colors that exist within the aquatic animal world to inspire the notion of “beauty worth saving.” Presented by Citadel, the exhibit opens to the public on Friday, May 25 with special members-only access beginning Friday, May 18. Continue Reading>

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GATX Executive Brian A. Kenney Elected Shedd Aquarium Board Chairman

Brian A. KenneyShedd Aquarium’s Board of Trustees today elected Brian A. Kenney the organization’s new Chairman of the Board at its annual meeting. Kenney is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Chicago-based GATX Corporation and succeeds H. John Gilbertson Jr., a retired managing director of Goldman, Sachs & Co. who has served in the role since 2015. Continue Reading>

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Meet Shedd Aquarium's Newest Magellanic Penguin Chick

Magellanic penguin chick in the hand of a trainer, opens its mouth as if to squawk. Shedd Aquarium, a leader in animal care, welcomes a new Magellanic penguin chick (Spheniscus magellanicus), hatched on Saturday, May 12 following penguin breeding season in late March. This is the first penguin chick born at the aquarium since Diego in 2015. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Vet Shares Update From Madagascar Tortoise Triage Effort

Critically endangered tortoise found in private residence with no food or water.This week, a veterinarian from Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Response Team flew to Madagascar to provide on-site medical care and relocation assistance for nearly 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises. The tortoises were discovered by authorities in a private residence, where it is suspected they had been for weeks with no access to food and water. Prized for their ornate shells, the reptiles were likely meant for the poaching or illegal pet trade. Continue Reading>

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Sign of Spring: Shedd Aquarium Welcomes Six Wood Ducklings

One wood duckling stands on a large rock structure.Spring is in the air at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, which just welcomed six fuzzy wood ducklings into the world. Wood ducks are a species native to the Great Lakes region and beyond, and the arrival of ducklings is a common symbol of the change in season. Continue Reading>

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Chicago White Sox Make Guaranteed Rate Field Straw-Free for the Season

Nickel, a green sea turtle, is front and center in the photo and below her is the phrase "Shedd the Straw for Sea Turtles!"The Chicago White Sox, along with concessionaire partners, Delaware North Sportservice, Gibson’s ChiSox Bar & Grill and Levy, are joining Shedd Aquarium’s “Shedd The Straw” initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic straws at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox will become the first team in Major League Baseball to serve drinks during games without an accompanying plastic straw for nearly an entire season. Continue Reading>

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Shedd Aquarium Sparks Conservation Action During "Earth Week at Shedd"

Ty, a sea lion, holds up a reusable canvas bag on his flipper. Shedd Aquarium is set to host a suite of events and activities leading up to Earth Day this year that are designed to get people of all ages and interests educated and inspired to play a role in protecting the environment. Taking place from Saturday, April 14 through Sunday, April 22, Earth Week at Shedd will provide visitors with individual ways they can take action for the Earth, like reducing their use of single-use plastic items. Continue Reading>

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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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