6-year-old Castro Valley-native Andy Soulard raises over $200K to help save Oakland Zoo

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- Six-year-old Castro Valley native Andy Soulard was heartbroken to hear that the Oakland Zoo may need to shut down permanently.

Her love for animals sparked a monthlong mission to raise money to save one of her favorite places.

She started off the fundraiser by donating the $5 she received from the Tooth Fairy. After that, the donations came pouring in. For donations over $25, Andy would send a handmade bracelet to the contributor.

Today, Andy has sent out over 800 bracelets and amassed over $223,000.

After struggling financially due to closure amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Oakland Zoo has now been able to reopen.

Click here for more information on how you can support Andy's cause.

Click here for Andy's animal fun facts.