Care and Conservation
From routine checkups for rescued sea otters to field research studying sanctuaries for Caribbean reef sharks, we’re committed to a world thriving with aquatic life, sustained by people who love, understand and protect it. Explore the depths of our work with animals, and discover how you can join us in taking action to protect them.
“Watching him grow right before our eyes and learn how to dive, vocalize and interact with enrichment was so gratifying after hearing and seeing what he went through. ”Rochelle Pepper, trainer
Committed to care
From belugas to blue tangs, our caregivers provide preventive care and engaging play to animals throughout the aquarium.
Animal Response Team
From stranded sea lion pups in California to trafficked tortoises in Madagascar, our experts are ready to help animals in need.
“We have research scientists both on site and around the globe advancing our understanding and protecting the natural world.”Bridget Coughlin, Ph.D., President and CEO
In the field and at the aquarium, Shedd scientists conduct research to better understand animals and their habitats. From the Great Lakes to the Caribbean, they work with partners to protect species from suckers to sharks.
“Small changes like ‘Shedding the Straw’ or finding alternatives to common single-use plastics can turn into big solutions for the health of our lakes, rivers and oceans.”Cheryl Mell, senior vice president, conservation partnerships and programs
From pledging to reduce plastic pollution to cleaning local waterways, there are many ways you can help to protect aquatic animals and their habitats!
Shaping policies to protect animals
Shedd’s policy and advocacy work harnesses the power of voices and votes to inspire decision makers to act to ensure healthy waterways.
Sustain global fisheries and inform consumer choice
Shedd Aquarium is addressing the challenges of declining fisheries by working with partners to advance sustainable fisheries through science and promote informed management through policy and engagement.
Revitalize natural habitats altered by human impacts
We are investigating the consequences of human activities such as man-made barriers to fish migrations, invasive species and tourist-related wildlife feeding, while creating solutions that blunt their impacts.
Understand and restrain invasive species
We embrace the challenges of mitigating threats by invasive species and engage the public to join us through community science and stewardship opportunities that restore habitat and hone best practices.
Address wildlife responses to climate change
We are enhancing our understanding of the likely responses of animals to climate change to adjust management programs when appropriate, while also creating and testing innovative mitigation strategies.