The health and well-being of our animals is the number one priority at Shedd. It’s also a big job, with more than 32,500 residents that run the gamut from seahorse to sea turtle, rock iguana to rockhopper penguin, and bubble coral to beluga whale. For our world-class team of trainers, aquarists and veterinary experts, delivering the highest quality of animal care is a seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year commitment—and one that they love.
• Training and care for visually impaired animals and Cruz, Lucky and Tyler.
• Baby rockhopper penguin was recently born at Shedd
• Caring and feeding more than 32,000 animals at Shedd
Animal Rescue and Rehab
As a nationally recognized leader in rescue and rehabilitation work, Shedd has responded to animals in need for over nearly three decades. Whether it’s providing around-the-clock care for a stranded sea otter pup or serving as an active responder in times of an environmental disaster, Shedd’s animal care and veterinarian teams are respected for their trusted counsel and expertise in times of crisis. Here are just a few examples of our most recent rescue and rehab work:
• California sea lion Laguna
• Rescued dogs Bruce, Dory and Coral
• Southern sea otter Cayucos
• California sea lions Cruz and Tanner
• Green sea turtle Nickel
Conservation Science and Research
Shedd Aquarium is committed to conserving species and ecosystems through research that advances understanding, informs policy and enhances livelihoods as responsible stewards of the animals in our care. The aquarium’s husbandry, veterinary and conservation programs are grounded in research that supports a healthy collection at Shedd and vibrant wild populations around the world. Here are a few examples of our conservation research work:
• Dr. Lesley DeSouza’s arapaima research
• Dr. Tse-Lynn Loh’s seahorse research
• Bahamian rock iguana research program
• Dr. Solomon David's lake whitefish migration study
• Tim Binder's beluga whale health assessment
• Dr. Lisa Naples's shark stress study
Science-based learning programs at Shedd Aquarium connect guests with the living world, encouraging a respect for animals that inspires them to take action to help protect species and their environments. Shedd offers a number of diverse learning experiences for a wide range of learners including youth, teens, schools and adults. Shedd staff members conduct afterschool programs, labs and workshops, exhibit interpretation and animal encounters.
• Inspiring students to care for the well-being of all animals
• Underwater Robotics Program
• Engaging college students in the field
• High School Lake Ecology program
• Inspiring students to become the next generation of ambassadors
Caring for our backyard: The Great Lakes
Shedd is committed to protecting the Great Lakes by conducting science and research through collaborative efforts with other Great Lakes organizations, facilitating work between Great Lakes leaders that will develop solutions for tomorrow’s conservation challenges, and offering immersive learning programs and outreach for all ages.
Some recent examples of our work include:
• The opening of our new Great Lakes exhibit
• Asian Carp and animal care
• Dr. Philip Willink’s work to help our local waterways
• Demonstrating the importance of the Great Lakes
• Great Lakes Action Days
Sustainable Operations and Practices
At Shedd Aquarium, sustainability is a core value. The aquarium’s five-year Strategic Sustainability Plan focuses on 13 areas of operations where our decisions can have a direct impact on aquatic life around the world – just likes yours can at home. Together with all employees, we keep Shedd on sustainability’s cutting edge.
• Taking steps to become the first smart-powered aquarium in the world.
• Sustainabile gardens grow around Shedd year-round.
• We take steps to responsibly consume energy, water and food.
• Sustainable seafood: Learn how to take one "Right Bite" at a time
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