This Friday, May 15, is the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day, and Chicago's zoos and aquarium are banding together to raise awareness on the world's most vulnerable animals. Special events and activities will focus on the conservation research efforts being conducted - both here in Chicago and in the field. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Shedd Aquarium, and Brookfield Zoo on May 15 to learn more about what you can do to protect endangered animals.
At the Shedd Aquarium, projected lights will showcase slowly "disappearing" species. Conservation interpreters will be on hand within the Wild Reef, Islands and Lakes, Rivers, Great Lakes and Oceans galleries to share more about the steps that Shedd's conservation and research team are taking to help save the sadly vanishing marine life. Each exhibit will also showcase an endangered animal which has been directly impacted by the Shedd's work to save them from extinction.
You'll find conservation stations throughout the zoo, where zoo educators will share stories of global efforts the zoo is making to save endangered species from the jungles of Congo to prairies here in Illinois. Pick up a passport book at zoo entrances and make sure to ask for a stamp at each station. Guests who get their book stamped at all four will earn a free ride on the Endangered Species Carousel.
Brookfield Zoo's animal care specialists and volunteers from the four areas of the zoo that house endangered animals will be interacting with guests, telling stories of challenges endangered animals face and what guests can do help protect them. The zoo will also be hosting a Facebook "swag bag" giveaway to patrons who share facts about their knowledge of endangered animals.