2019 Press Releases

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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