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Cecilia Velástegui was born in Ecuador and raised in California and France.  She received her graduate degree from the University of Southern California and speaks four languages. She has traveled to over 60 countries, and serves on the board of directors of several educational and cultural institutions.

Her first children’s picture book, Olinguito Speaks Up, about the newly discovered mammal from the cloud forests of Ecuador, will debut December 2013.  Read more about the author

BBC News The Olinguito New mammal species discovered