284 posts categorized "Families"

April 20, 2014

Small Steps for Sustainability

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The thing that immediately comes to mind from Animal Health is our recent pill bottle re-use program. Susan Barton, the Director of Facilities Maintenance created this handy ‘pill bottle’ (complete with prescription label). The bottle can be found in the hallway between the hospital and the labs. Donors can provide empty bottles that we can re-use to dispense prescriptions to our patients. So far, it’s been working great! We’ve been collecting donations from staff and volunteers alike for a few months now and the numbers are growing!
–Dr. Bill Vann Bon, Vice President of Animal Care

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April 15, 2014

Our members have voted—and the chick is Ruggles!

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Does she look like a Ruggles? That was the overwhelming opinion of Shedd members, who were invited to vote on a name for the female rockhopper penguin chick.

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February 20, 2014

Lucky dog!

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Shedd has added a fourth pooch to its canine lineup. Welcome Marlin, a handsome chocolate Lab mix (with maybe a little boxer, perhaps a touch of Great Dane)!

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December 11, 2013

Rescues feeling right at home

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Earlier this month we reported on rescued California sea lion pup Laguna. Maybe you’ve had the special chance to see another rescued sea lion, Cruz, in an aquatic show. Since we last visited with the blind pup, he has become fast friends with Ty, the big sea lion who regularly appears in the show, and Cruz and Ty now share a behind-the-scenes habitat as well as time on exhibit.

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December 02, 2013

From Rescued to Robust—Laguna’s Story

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Shedd’s newest sea lion is now making appearances on exhibit in the Abbott Oceanarium.

Laguna, a rescued sea lion pup, has made great progress since his arrival at Shedd in late June, says marine mammals director Lisa Takaki. His debut last week in the Grainger Sea Lion Cove was one more step toward his total acclimation here. The 1½-year-old animal is already comfortable in all of the behind-the-scenes sea lion habitats, and he’s mastering what Lisa calls his “ABCs”—the training basics all the marine mammals learn. “He’s doing phenomenally,” she says.

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November 25, 2013

Get chummy with the sharks and rays on this tour

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Experience Wild Reef in a deeper way: the new behind-the-scenes feeding tour. You’ll tread where few but the shark team go to witness mealtime for some of the most exciting—and misunderstood—species at Shedd: the sharks and rays.

You’ll even have a hand in feeding some of the fishes.

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September 25, 2013

Enrichment is the Name of This Game

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Think of a game that’s a cross between pinball and pool, using a hollow ball stuffed with shrimp and played by a high-energy sea otter, and you’ve got the latest product dreamed up by Northwestern engineering students for Shedd. Sea otters and trainers agree—this new puzzle is a big winner.

The puzzle is a 44 x 32 x 6-inch box of thick plexiglass that fits into the window opening between the sea otter pup pool and the trainers’ area. On a recent afternoon, Cayucos, an almost-2-year-old southern sea otter, is poised to play. Standing upright on her hind feet on the ledge around the pool, her paws on the puzzle’s front panel, she peers through the clear plexiglass for trainer Lana Vanagasem to start the game.

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September 23, 2013

Sea Otters Take the Cake

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Welcome to Sea Otter Awareness Week, Sept. 22 through 28! To celebrate, we’ll share photos and videos, amaze you with fun facts and take you behind the scenes for glimpses into how we care for—and totally indulge—these littlest of marine mammals.

We got a jump on the week of all things sea otter a few days early when we gave the four otters—male Yaku and females Kiana, Mari and Cayucos—seven, count ’em, seven decorated Sea Otter Awareness Week “cakes” for them to eat, lick, hog, demolish and otherwise enjoy.

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September 14, 2013

Bighead Carp Get Shedd TLC, Too

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The Fishes department sprang into action as soon as word came that field biologists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) would soon be at Shedd’s doorstep with three large bighead carp they’d netted in the Humboldt Park lagoon. We had to prepare for the animals’ arrival!

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September 13, 2013

Having fun while being safe in the Great Lakes

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Hands down, the Great Lakes offer some of the world’s best opportunities for water recreation, and there’s no shortage of fun to be had on these truly magnificent lakes.

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