The former first daughter spoke about her soft spot for animals in a new interview with FastForward, a San Francisco Bay Area-based magazine run by high school students, revealing that her favorite animal-related Twitter accounts include those of the World Wildlife Fund, National Geographic and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
“The happy pictures of elephants from the Sheldrick Trust or the happy pictures of monkeys playing from the World Wildlife Fund make me very happy,” Clinton told FastForward student editor Matt Geffen. “I find [them] so joyful.”
These Twitter accounts also keep Clinton apprised of animal rights news, not all of which is pleasant.
“[It’s] infuriating when [the posts are] about elephant poaching or what’s happening to our ecosystems because of global warming and climate change,” she said.
Clinton’s mother, former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, shares her daughter’s passion for elephants. In 2013, the mother and daughter teamed up with conservation groups to form an $80 million program to fight elephant poaching through the Clinton Global Initiative, The Guardian reported last year.
In an interview last May on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Hillary Clinton said she feels a “sense of connection” to elephants.
“I love the way … the matriarch of the family looks out for everybody,” she said. “I just have such a sense of connection to elephants and it just breaks my heart that they’re being poached and murdered and babies being left to fend for themselves.”