6-year-old girl raises more than $100K to help save Oakland Zoo

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (KGO) -- A 6-year-old Castro Valley girl who is raising money to help save the Oakland Zoo by selling bracelets is celebrating a big milestone -- she just raised more than $100,000!

Andy Soulard's mom, Kelly, shared a video on Facebook of Andy making the big announcement. "Thank you for the donations. We raised $100,000 so far," said Andy excitedly in the video.

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Of course, since Andy is such zoo lover, she had to also include a fun fact from zookeeper Alicia in her message. "Do you know that jaguars have the strongest bite in the cat family?"

The Oakland Zoo is struggling financially after having to close due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It has not yet been allowed to reopen and now its future is in jeopardy.

Andy plans to raise money as long as the Oakland Zoo needs it. If you donate $25 or more, you can get one of her homemade bracelets.



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