Chelsea Clinton promotes new children’s book at Memphis Zoo

Chelsea Clinton promotes new children’s book at Memphis Zoo

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton was in Memphis on Tuesday, promoting her new children’s book about endangered animals.

The last time Clinton visited the Memphis Zoo was three decades ago, as a child when her family lived in Little Rock.

Tuesday’s visit was part of her nationwide book tour. She spoke about the importance of saving animals, her famous parents, and the 2020 presidential race.

Inside Teton Trek Tuesday at the Memphis Zoo, families had a conversation with Clinton about her new book "Don't Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe,” and about saving animals on our planet.

"We know that saving elephants in Africa is important to helping fight climate change, which is important to our health,” Clinton said. “So I think it matters to save elephants, but I think it matters for us, too."

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In between chatting with children about the importance of reading, we asked the 39-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton her thoughts on the crowded Democratic field for the 2020 presidential election.

"I'm just excited as a Democrat that we have so many people running,” Clinton said. “I'm excited as a citizen, as a Democrat and a woman that we have so many women running."

So what has her mother, Hillary Clinton, been doing since her run for president in 2016?

Chelsea Clinton says the former first lady, U.S. senator and Secretary of State is now content with life outside politics.

"I think she's mainly happy being a grandmother right now,” Clinton said. “I've definitely dropped in importance and I think that's the natural order of things. I'm OK with that."

She says she's also OK with remaining a private citizen. With two kids and a third on the way, five children’s books now under her belt, Clinton’s focus and purpose is clear.

"I think we can all be engaged,” Clinton said. “Sometimes that's through politics. Sometimes that can be through trying to save the elephants."

She said her dad is also doing well right now. Clinton's baby is due in a couple months.

Before that happens, her book tour will take her to Atlanta, Cincinnati and Boston.

“Don’t Let Them Disappear” is available now in book stores.

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