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Blue Whale Gala Honoree

We are proud to honor Charles Annenberg Weingarten with the 2021 Ocean Conservation Award.

Charles Annenberg Weingarten portrait

Charles serves as Vice President and Director of the Annenberg Foundation and founder of explore.org, which has been a generous donor of the Aquarium for over twenty years and supported a variety of initiatives and exhibits. This includes our education programs, the Southern California Steelhead Story exhibit, and perhaps most notably, the explore.org animal live cameras that can be found in Aquarium exhibits which broadcast live daily feeds on explore.org.

As founder of explore.org, Charles’ multimedia organization is the world’s largest live nature network with a mission to inspire life-long learning and champion the selfless acts of others. explore.org features a wide range of topics from animal rights, health and human services, and poverty to the environment, education and spirituality. Thanks to Charles, the Aquarium installed its first two explore.org cameras in 2010 and since then, we have continued to strengthen the partnership and currently have eight cameras installed throughout the campus.

While these cameras have always been a great way to learn about our animal collection, explore.org has given Aquarium members, donors, educators, and students the ability to connect with the animals throughout the pandemic and our temporary closures. Whether tuning in to see the penguins waddle by or watch the fish peacefully swim in Tropical Reef, explore.org has enabled the Aquarium to strengthen our connection to community and provide much needed human and animal interaction in a time of loneliness and uncertainty. “With live cameras, the real essence is the selfless nature of individuals who are dedicated to making this place a better place to live in. As a philanthropist, you take care of what you love.” – Charles Annenberg Weingarten, explore.org We are extremely grateful for the generosity of Charles, explore.org, and the Annenberg Foundation.

harpo and another sea lion

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