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

Wild Reef

Home to sharks, rays, corals and reef fishes, Wild Reef brings together remarkable predators and prey in constant motion. Immerse yourself in a diver's-eye view of a diverse and colorful marine ecosystem. Explore the reefs of the Philippines and see how Shedd helps conserve many of these remarkable animals in the wild.

  • Water splashes.

    Hear

    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.

    Discover

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

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

    Look

    Immerse yourself in a diverse underwater ecosystem.

Where sharks swim

Sharks glide by and corals grow in Wild Reef, an immersive and exciting exhibit that takes you thought the many sides of a Philippine coral reef. From big sharks to tiny mandarin dragonets, Wild Reef is a world filled with color and movement, waiting to be explored. Learn all about how Shedd is working to save coral reefs around the world, and hear the story of how one Philippine fishing village saved their reef.

Animal Chats

Shedd Spotlight: Sharks in Wild Reef

11:15 a.m.
3:30 p.m.

Learn more about our animal chats.

Clownfish

Honeycomb moray

Japanese Wobbegong

Whitespotted Bamboo Shark

Spotted Wobbegong

Porcupinefish

Humphead Wrasse

Spotted Ray

Crown-of-Thorns Sea Star

Chocolate Chip Sea Star

Mandarin Dragonet