Today, January 20, is Penguin Awareness Day, so we thought we'd share some news with you! Earlier in January, two members of Shedd's animal care team (including Lana, pictured here) ventured to Cape Town, South Africa, to rehabilitate endangered African penguins.
The 500 penguins were abandoned or ill, but in partnership with the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) they're being given top-quality animal care and re-released in the wild.
We'll share more details about the process over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
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Reid Bogert here, from Shedd Aquarium’s Great Lakes and Sustainability team. As some of you may know, we were busy as a school of bullhead catfish this summer with our Great Lakes Action Days (GLADs), and I’m GLAD to say it’s been a huge success. For those that are new to the program, I’d like to introduce myself and invite you to come out and join the fun!
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Your seafood choices can have a big impact on the health of our oceans and lakes—so make sure they’re positive ones! Every month, Shedd’s Right Bite team highlights a sustainable seafood item as our Fish of the Month. January’s pick is farmed rainbow trout, and we have a delicious recipe for smoked rainbow trout frittata that's perfect for warming up on those blustery winter days.
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Forty years ago today, President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act to help save animals, plants and their habitats from extinction. Today, we celebrate the successes of the law and the 2,140 species it continues to protect – including 14 endangered or threatened species at Shedd.
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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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Catfish is quite the catch! For December’s Fish of the Month, we are featuring one of the most sustainable seafood options out there: U.S.-farmed catfish. If that doesn’t sound appealing enough, the recipe for Pecan Crusted Catfish with Cranberry Apple Quinoa will surely do the trick.
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The holidays are a wonderful time of year, full of joy, giving, friends and family. But they can also be a time of excess and waste. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25 percent. Here are a few tips to help you save money and reduce waste this holiday:
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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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Hello, my name is Raccoon Butterflyfish.
There are a lot of weird names out there, especially for animal species. Since people name the animals they discover, it’s no wonder they get a little…interesting. Take for instance the Calponia harrisonfordi, a spider named in honor of Harrison Ford, or Irwin's turtle, discovered by crocodile hunter Steve Irwin. But species don’t have to be named after anybody. In fact, discoverers can get pretty creative when it comes to thinking up worthy names.
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Last Monday, Shedd Stewards made a special visit to Glacial Park in McHenry County. Why special? Not only did we get our feet wet doing real land management, so to speak, but we also got our first snow of the year!
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