Hailed as the "Female Indiana Jones"


- New York Times 

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The Audacious Explorer

Best-Selling Author of Pink Boots and a Machete

Dr. Mireya Mayor is a world-renowned primatologist and explorer, an award winning TV host and a recognized science communicator. As National Geographic’s first female wildlife correspondent, Mireya has hosted dozens of documentaries, including her own Nat Geo Wild! series Wild Nights with Mireya Mayor and Mark Burnett’s Expedition Africa for History Channel. Mireya currently stars in Travel Channel’s hit series, Expedition Bigfoot.  But the former NFL cheerleader, daughter of Cuban immigrants, and mother of six, is not your typical scientist.

Mireya is known for exploring the most remote regions of the earth in search of elusive, rare and little known animals. Her explorations have led to several scientific discoveries, most notably her co-discovery in Madagascar of the world’s smallest primate, a brand new species to science.

In addition to her regular TV appearances, Dr. Mayor is also the Director of Exploration and Science Communications at Florida International University (FIU) and regularly gives lectures around the country for the National Geographic Speakers Bureau.

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Committed to exploring remote and unexplored parts of the world, Mireya co-discovered the world's smallest primate, a brand new species to science


Hailed as the "female Indiana Jones" and an inspiration to young women interested in science and exploration


Emmy-Award nominated wildlife correspondent for the National Geographic Channel...and star of Travel Channel’s hit series, Expedition Bigfoot


Director of Exploration and Science Communications at FIU developing solutions and training the next generation of leaders, educators, innovators and creators.


Author of the best-selling and empowering autobiography "Pink Boots and a Machete"


Fulbright scholar, Explorers Club Fellow, NSF fellow and awarded the prestigious Fulbright “Global Changemaker” Award


Wife, dedicated mother of six, 2 dogs, a cat and a menagerie of exotic animals


Defying stereotypes - you can do it all 

I’m an adventurer at heart with an insatiable curiosity for the natural world...I’m also an unashamedly self-confessed girlie-girl.

 - Mireya Mayor

In Depth

The Passionate Pursuits of Dr. Mayor


Primatologist, scientist and conservationist - hailed as the “female Indiana Jones,”  inspiring young women interested in science and exploration

Fulbright scholar lecturing at schools and universities across the country and recently named FIU Director of the Exploration and Science Communications Initiative


Traveling the world as a wildlife correspondent,  TV host, speaker and presenter, including an Emmy Award-nominated correspondent for  National Geographic


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I am seriously amazed by your determination and brilliance.   You are a wonderful example of how to make the adventure of life your own and living to the fullest!   As a mom of 3, I am especially awed that you are doing this with 6 kids. Maybe your next book could be on that!!

Kristin R.

Being a Dad of three girls I have filled my life looking for experience to share with my daughters to empower then and show them they can accomplish whatever they set their minds to. You gave an inspiring presentation. Mary was captivated.  She loves science and I want kindle that fire in her.  

Tim P.

Thank you for being such a great inspiration to all women out there. All my life I  have wanted to do exactly what you are doing but I  didn't have the courage and now that I'm older and a grandmother... I am living out my dream through great women like yourself.

Lisa T.

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