Kate Vannelli recounts her career to giving a voice to animals in some of the world’s most dynamic ecosystems.
In this episode we speak with Kate Vannelli – a conservationist, artist, and the Future Rangers Program Director for Global Conservation Corps. Kate’s work has taken her from the Himalayas to Brazil to South Africa. Kate’s story is a powerful one as she recounts why she has dedicated her career to giving a voice to the many beautiful animals in some of the world’s most dynamic ecosystems.
Episode 6: Kate Vannelli
I am a conservation scientist and Nat Geo Explorer whose career began in Namibia, working to conserve cheetahs with the Cheetah Conservation Fund. I have a B.Sc. in environmental science as well as an M.Sc. in conservation and rural development from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. During my degree work, I conducted and published research on the community aspects of snow leopard conservation and ecotourism in the Himalayas through the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust, and gained experience with the many human dimensions of conserving large carnivores. I have also worked on the Namibian national leopard census, using camera traps and questionnaires to gain insight on the pressures facing the African leopard population.
Currently, I work as the Program Director for Global Conservation Corps, focusing on our conservation education program, ‘Future Rangers’, which operates outside of Kruger National Park in South Africa. Our goal is to provide strategic and scalable conservation education and opportunities to youth living in areas of high conservation priority.
I love wild cats and in my spare time, I love to paint, photograph and draw them. Cheetahs are my all-time favorite animal.