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Shedd Aquarium

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Shedd Aquarium is a zoo based in Chicago, IL that was founded in 1924. As of 2020 they had $73 million in revenue and $462 million in assets.

Shedd Aquarium is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. The aquarium contains 32,000 animals and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons of water.

Previous legal names or variations of their name include: Shedd Aquarium Society.

(312) 939-2438
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Program areas at Shedd Aquarium

Conservation education: since we opened our doors in 1930, Shedd Aquarium has provided more than 117 million guests the opportunity to look nature in the eye through memorable experiences, while providing opportunities to learn about the animals in our care, and become inspired to make personal choices that drive action for animals. We know that when people experience aquatic animals up close, it motivates an emotional, empathetic response that shifts attitudes and fosters a personal responsibility for stewardship of local waters, global oceans, and wildlife. The Aquarium is committed to being one of chicago's most accessible cultural institutions, offering Illinois resident free days throughout the year, free admission every day as the nation's first Aquarium to join the museums for all program, an everyday discount for chicago residents, students and senior citizens, and free admission for teachers, police and fire personnel, and active-duty military. Inside the Aquarium walls, a suite ...

Conservation science and research: Shedd is located in chicago, but its research is worldwide. Its husbandry, veterinary and conservation programs are grounded in research that supports healthy animals at Shedd and vibrant wild populations around the world. Shedd's conservation research programs work to maximize biodiversity while preserving local livelihoods, and field researchers often work side-by-side with citizen scientists to conserve wildlife and habitats for future generations. The Aquarium's work includes more than two decades of research on bahamian rock iguanas, one of the world's most critically endangered lizards, as well as studies of queen conch, lobster, sharks and corals. Closer to home, Shedd's great lakes research focuses on high priority wildlife and habitat conservation issues; the Aquarium's applied studies support local and regional agencies in developing sound management plans that can protect this treasured national resource. Onsite, Shedd's state-of-the-art facilities, and animal care experts serve as resources for research partners ...

Animal care: Shedd Aquarium is home to one of the world's largest and most diverse aquatic collections - more than 32,000 representing over 1,500 species. A global leader in animal care, Shedd's training and husbandry programs support onsite research efforts that contribute to the growing scientific body of knowledge about those species in the wild. Additionally, Shedd's veterinarians are aquatic medicine pioneers who are advancing the fields of preventive medicine, aging care, and conservation medicine while providing world-class medical care that further expands understanding of how to support healthy animal populations in aquariums and in the wild. Shedd's animal care expertise also lends itself to crisis response around the world. Our animal response team frequently acts as a partner and advisor to international, federal, state and local government agencies, rescue and rehabilitation organizations, and fellow accredited zoos and aquariums for confiscated, orphaned or injured wildlife.

Form 990s for Shedd Aquarium

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-12Nov 18, 2020990View PDF
2018-12Jul 23, 2019990View PDF
2017-12Oct 16, 2018990View PDF
2016-12Oct 3, 2017990View PDF
2015-12Oct 14, 2016990View PDF
...and six more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for Shedd Aquarium

Total grants, contributions, etc.$29,817,046
Program services$39,480,029
Investment income and dividends$1,492,664
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$1,784,054
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$1,354,813
Net income from fundraising events$-214,095
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$57,743
Total revenues$73,772,254

Vendors for Shedd Aquarium

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
Plante and Moran PLLCTax accounting; Audit accounting2020-08-24
██████Fundraising software2020-03-03
███████ ███ ████Fundraising software; Payment processing2020-03-03
████████ ███ ███████Consulting$148,2082019-12-01
███████ ███ ████████ ███Consulting$81,6002019-12-01
███████ ██████ █████ ██████████Architectural Design Consultant$643,9822019-12-01
█████████ ████████Security$1,356,9412019-12-01
███ ██ ████Advertising$835,2932019-12-01
...and 13 more vendors

Personnel at Shedd Aquarium

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Bridget C. CoughlinPresident and Chief Executive Officer$566,680June 15, 2020
Michael DelfiniChief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President$206,590Dec. 31, 2018
████ ███████Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President / Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer$326,755Dec. 31, 2017
████ ██████Chief Financial Officer$289,674Nov. 18, 2020
████ █████████Chief Development Officer-June 15, 2020
█████ █████Chief of Animal Operations / Chief Animal Operations Officer$207,160June 15, 2020
███████ ████████Vice President of Finance and Controller-June 15, 2020
███ ████████Vice President, Finances and Controller-July 14, 2019
██████ ███████Vice President, Communications and Public Relations$167,108Dec. 31, 2019
████ ██████ █████Vice President, Learning and Community-June 15, 2020
...and 17 more key personnel

Peer zoos and acquariums

1Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's501(c)(3)$61 millionOmaha, NE
2Detroit Zoological Society501(c)(3)$46 millionRoyal Oak, MI
3Philadelphia Zoo501(c)(3)$40 millionPhiladelphia, PA
4Chicago Zoological Society501(c)(3)$68 millionBrookfield, IL
5Lincoln Park Zoological Society501(c)(3)$42 millionChicago, IL
6Georgia Aquarium501(c)(3)$96 millionAtlanta, GA
7Living Desert501(c)(3)$20 millionPalm Desert, CA
8ZooTampa501(c)(3)$26 millionTampa, FL
9Clearwater Marine Aquarium501(c)(3)$36 millionClearwater, FL
10National Aquarium501(c)(3)$47 millionBaltimore, MD
11Nashville Zoo501(c)(3)$23 millionNashville, TN
12Woodland Park Zoo501(c)(3)$51 millionSeattle, WA
13Columbus Zoological Park Association501(c)(3)$89 millionPowell, OH
14Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society501(c)(3)$20 millionColorado Springs, CO
15The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore501(c)(3)$29 millionBaltimore, MD
16Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium501(c)(3)$19 millionPittsburgh, PA
17Houston Zoo501(c)(3)$103 millionHouston, TX
18The Phoenix Zoo501(c)(3)$34 millionPhoenix, AZ
19Monterey Bay Aquarium501(c)(3)$124 millionMonterey, CA
20Dallas Zoo501(c)(3)$29 millionDallas, TX
21San Diego Zoo Global501(c)(3)$343 millionSan Diego, CA
22Zoo Atlanta501(c)(3)$19 millionAtlanta, GA
23Toledo Zoological Society501(c)(3)$33 millionToledo, OH
24Audubon Nature Institute501(c)(3)$35 millionNew Orleans, LA
25San Francisco Zoo and Gardens501(c)(3)$24 millionSan Francisco, CA