Ambassador Veronica Vecellio

Gorilla Program Coordinator

Veronica is a biologist on a mission. In her work as program manager for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Rwanda, she is on the frontline of conservation, working tirelessly to protect the endangered Mountain Gorillas of the Volcanoes National Park.


The Dian Fossey Fund

No two days are the same when you are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of more than 120 Mountain Gorillas, divided across 9 family groups.

As testament to this Veronica recounted to us a recent incident wherein she and her team were forced to intervene when an infant gorilla – Susuruka – was caught in a poacher’s snare. Both Susuruka and her mother were sedated whilst a team of experienced vets cut the rope snare from her arm. Interventions such as these these, as well as daily anti-poaching patrols are commonplace in protecting the Gorilla population.