National Geographic Live: Mireya Mayor - Primatologist and Explorer

Mireya Mayor

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City girl. NFL Cheerleader. Survivor of poisonous insect bites. In the case of Mireya Mayor, these descriptions all fit nicely on her resume. Known as the “female Indiana Jones,” this respected primatologist, fearless explorer, and Emmy Award-nominated wildlife correspondent has wowed colleagues by completing research others couldn’t and discovering species nobody else had, making her an inspiration to young women everywhere.

The only child of Cuban immigrant parents in Miama, Mireya wasn't allowed to join the Girl Scouts because her family thought it would be too dangerous. She has since gone on to work in some of the most remote places on Earth, including the wilds of Madagascar, jungles teeming with poisonous snakes, and waters that are home to six-foot Humboldt squids. Join Mireya as she shares a behind-the-scenes look at the hardships and dangers of life in the field, as well as the moments of discovery that make it all worthwhile.
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