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Chicago's No. 1 cultural attraction! Make incredible connections with 32,000 animals, from whales to snails, from the world's fresh and salt waters.
Chicago's No. 1 cultural attraction! Make incredible connections with 32,000 animals, from whales to snails, from the world's fresh and salt waters.

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We welcomed a Pacific white-sided dolphin calf to the Shedd Aquarium family April 18th at 9:14am! This was the first pregnancy for Katrl, who gave birth after 3 hours of labor in the Abbott Oceanarium with more than 40 members of the animal care and veterinary teams standing by. With only 16 Pacific white-sided dolphins in accredited North American zoological facilities, this birth is significant for the population as well as to the scientific and marine mammal communities dedicated to better understanding the reproductive and neonatal biology and behaviors about the rarely studied species. For more information about mom and calf, visit: http://www.sheddaquarium.org/katrl/

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We'd like to introduce you to Pup 719, the newest member of our family! This sea otter pup was rescued by Monterey Bay Aquarium and arrived at her permanent home here at Shedd on January 27. She's been receiving constant care from our team and continues to achieve critical milestones. Learn her full story: http://bit.ly/1omJGdq
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We’re happy to share that Katrl, our largest female Pacific white-sided dolphin, is expecting a calf this spring. Currently in her third trimester, our veterinary and animal care staff report that the mother is healthy and her pregnancy is progressing normally. Our dedicated team has cared for Katrl for over two decades and watching her experience her first pregnancy has been incredible – we are humbled to learn from her and observe one of nature’s amazing events.
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Did you know amphibian skin is very soft and moist, and also permeable? This allows the animals to absorb air, water and other essentials from their environment, but some diseases can infect their ability to absorb these nutrients. Here's how Dr. Caryn Poll cares for and protects our amphibians at Shedd: http://bit.ly/1JRyL1g
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Stop by tonight's Science Pub during Jazzin' at the Shedd to hear all about "cool critters" from George Parsons, our senior director of Fishes! http://bit.ly/1l9pmqr
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Be one of the first to go inside Shedd's new special exhibit, Amphibians! It doesn't officially open until May 16, but we are giving you -- our online fans -- an exclusive sneak peek. Take a look inside, meet our experts, get up close with one of the animals and find out why amphibians matter. 
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Happy Earth Day! What are you doing today (and every day) to go green? A few Shedd staffers are sharing their best tree-hugging, Earth-loving tips here: http://bit.ly/1buFy4H ‪#‎SheddEarth‬
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Want to help us tell a ribbitting story? As little as $10 to Shedd's annual fund will help us bring the story of Amphibians to life. Help us tell guests around the world about metamorphosis, conservation and why these animals matter. http://bit.ly/1OC6FXv ‪#‎Sheddphibians‬
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Just in: important fieldwork update! Shedd’s Dr. Chuck Knapp is sending updates now from the Bahamas, where he is studying the critically endangered rock iguana. So far Dr. Knapp and team have successfully collected data to assess the size and growth of the population. They’ve also conducted ultrasounds on some of the iguanas, allowing them to further investigate the physiological responses of iguanas to different types of human disturbance. Stay tuned for updates and read more about this critical work here: http://bit.ly/19Ksy9X
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Sculptor John Peplinski created this salamander for Shedd. Click through the photos to see his step-by-step progress and the slithering result! And don't forget to stop by to see #amphibians in real life when our special exhibit opens in May! http://bit.ly/1CdxquW #Sheddphibians
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