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Spring is the Season of Love! Penguin Nesting and Pairing Begins

In honor of World Penguin Day, Shedd Aquarium is sharing a special look inside the penguin habitat during nesting season! Spring is here and love is in the air. For Shedd Aquarium’s rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, the arrival of spring marks the arrival of another season; nesting season. During the month of April, the two penguin…

Protecting Our Waterways from Plastic Pollution Starts with Your Straw

The following is a blog post by Garrett Johnson, stewardship specialist for conservation partnerships and programs at Shedd Aquarium. “Only within the moment of time . . . has one species — man — acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world.” Rachel Carson’s poignant words spurred the environmental movement of the 1960’s. When…

Help Save the World’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal

Did you know scientists estimate there are only 30 vaquita porpoises left in the world making them the most critically endangered marine mammal on Earth? The rare and tiny 100-pound, 5-foot long, toothed whale only lives in the northern pocket of the Gulf of California, Mexico, having the most restricted range of any cetacean. Due…

“Otter-ly” Adorable Animal & Trainer Relationships for Valentine’s Day

At Shedd Aquarium, animal trainers celebrated Valentine’s Day by showing love to the special animals in our care. Five experts showcase the most rewarding part of their jobs, favorite memories, and what a typical day is like working with our animals. Whether its Nickel, a rescued green sea turtle, or Charlotte, a Magellanic penguin, these…

Enhancing Our Dedication to the World Around Us: An Introduction to Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Response Team

The following is a blog post by Tim Binder, executive vice president of animal care, Shedd Aquarium. When zoos and aquariums first opened, we thought of ourselves as modern Noah’s arks – protecting wildlife from the approaching “flood” of species extinction. Now, we have a broader focus on proactive, in-the-field research aimed at habitat preservation and…

#MahaloObama: Celebrating the Largest Protected Area in the World

The following is a blog post by Jim Robinett, Senior Vice President of External and Regulatory Affairs at Shedd Aquarium. On Friday, the White House announced the passing of a bill to expand Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a marine ecosystem off the coast of Hawaii, making it the largest protected area in the world on land…

Conservation of Ancient Fishes: Reintroducing the Alligator Gar; and What About Those Carp?

Posted by Dr. Solomon David, research associate at Shedd Aquarium. Gars and bowfin have been around since the dinosaurs; in fact, they’ve outlasted them. More recently, however, a modern creature has threatened these ancient fishes: humans. Misunderstood and much-maligned, these fishes were targets of eradication efforts for more than a century (1). Now, perceptions of these…

Cryptic Cannibals: Sea Slugs in the Bahamas

The following is a blog post by Carolyn Belak, sea slug enthusiast and scientific aid at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Andy Kough, postdoctoral research associate at Shedd Aquarium. When one thinks of the Bahamas, they probably picture miles of white sandy beaches, dolphins dancing through crystal blue waters and colorful fish…

Engaging Learners From Afar with Shedd Aquarium’s Iguana Field Research

The following is a blog post by Jackie Formoso, Manager of Learning Programs at Shedd Aquarium, about her experience co-leading Shedd’s research on Bahamian rock iguanas in the Exuma Islands. As part of Shedd Aquarium’s ongoing commitment to preserving wildlife for future generations, we have a team of scientists who are working hard to study endangered species,…

Conch-quest to the Bahamas to Study Vital Local Fishery

The following is a blog post by Dr. Andy Kough, post-doctoral research associate at Shedd Aquarium, about his recent research trip to the Bahamas to study queen conch populations. At the beginning of June, my colleagues at Shedd Aquarium and I completed five weeks of intensive fieldwork to assess queen conch populations within Marine Protected Areas…

Partnering with CIMWI to Rescue and Rehab Malnourished Sea Lions

 The following is a blog post by Kurt Heizmann, Assistant Supervisor of Sea Lions and Birds of Prey at Shedd Aquarium, about his experience helping rescue and rehabilitate California sea lions. As part of Shedd Aquarium’s ongoing commitment to lending our expertise to animal rescue organizations in need, our animal care team was more than willing…

Saving a Species and Spending Christmas with Penguins

January 20 is Penguin Awareness Day. The following is a blog post by Sheri Hendricks, Animal Care Specialist at Shedd Aquarium, about her experience helping save African penguins from extinction. Most people spend Christmas with their families. I was lucky enough to spend it with penguins. As a nationally recognized leader in rescue and rehabilitation, Shedd…

Coral Restoration Research Findings Bring Positive News for the Future of Coral Reefs

Guest post by Mark Schick, collections manager, Shedd Aquarium There was grim news for the world’s coral reefs this October, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared the third global coral bleaching in history. This event signifies major changes in oceanic living conditions and temperatures, some of which are brought upon by our…

The Mysterious Life of Mister K: A Seahorse Life History Study in Cambodia

Guest post by Delphine Duplain and Amick Haissoune, project coordinators at Marine Conservation Cambodia, in conjunction with Dr. Tse-Lynn Loh, postdoctoral research associate at Shedd Aquarium Once upon a time, there were some buoys marking the edges of our house reef off Koh Seh in Kep Province, Cambodia, thus protecting the reef from passing boats. Surprisingly,…

Smuggled Iguanas Tell Larger Tale of Animal Trafficking

The two Northern Bahamian Rock Iguanas (Cyclura cychlura) that arrived recently to Shedd Aquarium are familiar faces to me. I’ve dedicated more than 20 years of my life studying the three types (i.e. subspecies) of this species in The Bahamas. During this time, I have been fortunate to work with dedicated individuals and organizations, such…