People We Love: Jennifer Brent

Malibu’s Wildlife Advocate

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While Malibu is widely recognized for its pristine beaches, lush mountains, and deep blue Pacific waters, many fail to recognize the work required to maintain the health of this ecology. That is, unless you are Jennifer Brent, who accepts this care taking necessity in her daily life. Brent is the Executive Director of the California Wildlife Center, which enables her to employ her passion for wildlife through advocacy and education. “It’s about educating people to be more thoughtful,” she say. “There isn’t a predictable day, and if I need a break, I’ll go downstairs and feed some baby squirrels.” Brent’s adoration for wildlife and ecology extends far beyond the workplace, taking her to places such as the plains of New Zealand and the depths of the Great Barrier Reef. Brent relishes her ability to work and educate in such a beautiful place. “The people who have been here a long time are very committed to the animals and the environment. You don’t live here unless you want to see the ocean and be in nature. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.”

MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Jennifer Brent for her warm heart and her continued efforts to protect Malibu’s wildlife and to educate Malibu’s residents. MM

Holly Bieler