Animal Ambassadors raise money for rescued wild animals in Portola Valley

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.

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