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Staff member Susan Allen stands in Shedd's Oceanarium for a staff photo.

Susan Allen

Supervisor, Marine Mammals

Susan Allen cares for the Pacific white-sided dolphins and beluga whales, which includes training husbandry behaviors and encouraging natural play.

Education

B.S., psychology, Ohio University

“Being able to inspire our guests just by showcasing my relationship with these animals is the reason why I love working at Shedd.”

Susan Allen continually adds to her knowledge about the animals in the Abbott Oceanarium and the ways in which we all can do our part to keep every species thriving. Participating in the first successful rehabilitation of an orphaned newborn beluga is one of Allen’s proudest moments. To see how the around-the-clock work by the calf’s care team paid off in the survival of such a young animal is an unforgettable experience for her.

Before coming to Shedd, Allen worked at Miami Seaquarium with bottlenose dolphins, Pacific white-sided dolphins and an orca. From a young age, Allen dreamed of working with dolphins after experiencing firsthand the powerful relationships that trainers build with marine mammals. She graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.