Amudha (Mudha) Venugopalan
Mudha volunteers across three departments at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago (Guest Engagement, Learning Programs, and Fishes), as well as special events. Mudha has only been a Shedd volunteer for one year, but has already donated almost 700 hours, the equivalent to 88 work days, of her time to Shedd!
Whenever there is an opportunity or occasion to help, Mudha is the first to volunteer. In her short tenure as a volunteer at Shedd, Mudha has learned how to facilitate Behind the Scenes Tours, Penguin Encounters, interpret to guests on the floor, assist the Fishes department with animal care, help run not one but two summer camps for middle schoolers, and assist at a variety of special events including overnight sleep-overs! Mudha truly is a jack of all trades—Shedd knows they can count on her to learn quickly, be an enthusiastic participant, and bring a sense of wonder and curiosity to all her roles at Shedd Aquarium.
As a representative of Shedd, Mudha’s role in all these areas is to connect guests to the living world while inspiring them to make a difference. She does this by using her past (and present) skills as an educator, cast member at Disney theme parks, and musician. Mudha makes scientific facts fun, accessible, and understandable for guests of all ages thanks to her specific skill set. Her enthusiasm for the aquarium’s work is unparalleled and makes her a guest favorite. While Mudha’s first love is music, and she performs throughout the Chicagoland area, her second love is definitely Shedd Aquarium, making her an ideal volunteer.
“We know Mudha’s presence at Shedd has not only made a difference to our staff, but also to each and every guest that she comes in contact with. We are so grateful for the time and effort that Mudha donates to Shedd each and every week!”
-The Guest Engagement Department at Shedd Aquarium