Open 9 am - 5 pm
Tropical fish swim near the bottom with various corals.

Wild Reef

Sharks glide by and corals grow in Wild Reef, an immersive and exciting exhibit that takes you through the many sides of a coral reef. From big sharks to tiny mandarin dragonets, Wild Reef is a world filled with color and movement, waiting to be explored. 

  • Water splashes.


    Catch the sound of the ocean in Wild Reef's tidal habitat.

  • Coral is grown from "plugs", small plastic vials containing the sediment the coral needs to anchor itself, then transplanted into the wild.


    Find out how Shedd works to restore coral reefs around the globe.

  • Two people look at coral and fish in the Wild Reef Exhibit.


    Immerse yourself in a diverse underwater ecosystem.


Honeycomb moray

Japanese Wobbegong

Whitespotted Bamboo Shark

Spotted Wobbegong


Spotted Ray

Crown-of-Thorns Sea Star

Chocolate Chip Sea Star

Mandarin Dragonet

Bowmouth Guitarfish