PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (KGO) --Permanently disabled, abandoned, and displaced animals in need of a home took the spotlight during a fundraiser Saturday in San Mateo County.
The fundraiser was held in a home in Portola Valley with 50 wild animals ranging from elephants to alligators. The money raised went to Conservation Ambassadors, a rescue group that takes animals to schools and deals with what they call a "nature deficit disorder."
"Kids are not going out and catching worms and crawdads and things in the stream. They're inside, and we're often the only chance they get to make a connection with nature, and it's amazing when they get to see the animals up close and meet them," David Jackson with Conservation Ambassadors said.
Conservation ambassadors also have two zoos - one in Paso Robles, and the other in Weimar near Auburn.