Veronica Vecellio, MSc

Gorilla Program Senior Advisor & Regional PR Director


Veronica has worked for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Rwanda since 2005. She manages the gorilla program for the Karisoke Research Center and also takes responsibility for the public relations work of the center. She has worked in Africa since 1999, based in several countries, including the Central African Republic, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Veronica has extensive experience working with wild apes and other primate species such as western lowland gorillas, bonobos, mangabeys and mountain gorillas.

Among her skills are: field research techniques, camp management, gorilla habituation, field data collection, program management, communications and capacity building.

A native of Rome, Veronica earned a master’s degree from the University of Rome in conservation of nature and other resources, with a dissertation on western lowland gorillas in the Central African Republic.