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Primatologist, Anthropologist, Wildlife Expert, Conservationist, Explorer, Inspirational Speaker, Author & TV Host

Dr. Mireya Mayor is a world-renowned primatologist & award winning TV host.
But the former NFL cheerleader, daughter of Cuban immigrants, and mother of six, is not your typical scientist.
Dr. Mayor 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.
The audacious explorer is a National Science Foundation Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, National Geographic Explorer, and an Emmy Award-nominated wildlife correspondent for the National Geographic Channel.
Dr. Mayor was recently named one of Stony Brook University’s Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes bright, innovative, entrepreneurial-spirited young graduates who have used their degree to pursue their passions, to help others and lead positive change. She was also awarded the prestigious Fulbright “Global Changemaker” Award.
Her memoir, Pink Boots and a Machete, is available in bookstores worldwide.


Explorer, Scientist and TV Presenter.

Dr. Mireya Mayor’s exploits have earned her the nickname “the female Indiana Jones,” but the fashion-loving anthropologist always packs an accessory Harrison Ford’s character never would: a black dress — “should an unforeseen occasion arise”.
A former NFL cheerleader, daughter of Cuban immigrants, and mother of six, Dr. Mireya Mayor followed her unlikely dreams. In short order, she became a respected primatologist, audacious explorer, National Science Foundation Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, and an Emmy Award-nominated wildlife correspondent for the National Geographic Channel. Her book Pink Boots and a Machete is available in bookstores worldwide.

Global Champion of the Wild.

Dr. Mayor’s adventures have taken her armed with little more than a backpack, notebooks, and hiking boots to some of the wildest and most remote places on earth. She’s survived poisonous insect bites, been charged by gorillas and chased by elephants. She’s also drunk cow blood in Tanzania, shared a raw goat kidney with the Maasai warriors of Africa and ingested leaves to calm down an angry 400-pound silverback gorilla in Congo.
On expedition in Madagascar, Mayor co-discovered a rare new species of mouse lemur, believed to be the world’s smallest primate. Her discovery inspired the prime minister of Madagascar to establish a national park to help protect the new species, conserving the 10 percent that remains of the African island nation’s once vast forest.

World class wildlife presenter & award winning TV host.

For more than a decade Mayor has hosted wildlife shows, most recently the Nat Geo WILD series Wild Nights With Mireya Mayor, and starred in Mark Burnett’s “Expedition Africa” on History Channel. Mayor has been hailed as a “female Indiana Jones,” and an inspiration to young women interested in science and exploration. She was also the host of Nat Geo Mundo’s “La Cuba De Hoy”.

Mireya’s wild life.

Mayor divides her time between research in the rain forests of Madagascar, lecturing at schools and universities across the country, and traveling the world as a wildlife correspondent. She lives with her husband, 6 children, their dog, 11 chickens, 1 rooster and an ever-growing menagerie of other animals.



Dr. Mayor has made frequent appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, Nightline, Inside Edition and CNN, to name only a few. She has also been a guest on Chelsea Lately, The Joy Behar Show and the hit series To Tell the Truth, and profiled in People, Marie Claire, Latina, and Elle magazines.

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“I was afraid a 6 year old might not be the target audience, but she persisted, so we came to hear you– and I’m so glad we did. Much to the chagrin of her mother (who wants her to become a ballerina), Macie loves all animals– including insects and reptiles and amphibians. She does go to Dance class, but she’s also not afraid to get dirty, and likes to go out exploring. You showed her she doesn’t have to choose one over the other, but can pursue both. Thanks so much for that!” –Audience member
“Inspiring and empowering. Dr. Mayor is a riveting story teller with amazing stories to share.” – Audience member
“During the Q & A following her talk I approached the stage and handed Mayor a copy of my book while I asked her to tell all of the girls in the audience what are two or three things they could do now as tweens and young women if they wanted to become scientists and explorers. Mireya’s answer was beautiful, but it was also incredibly empowering.” Melissa Atkins Wardy


Pink Boots and a Machete

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Pink Boots and a Machete tells the unlikely story of a first-generation Cuban-American girlie girl who forges her way from her über-protected suburban upbringing to NFL cheerleader to death-defying adventures around the globe.
With plenty of field studies under her belt, Mayor vividly details her own backstory and relives her most thrilling adventures. Whether she is diving with sharks or standing down a gorilla, this compelling and often hilarious memoir reveals her relentless determination, indomitable spirit, and above all, fierce love of animals.
Not many former NFL cheerleaders have survived a plane crash, slept in jungles teeming with poisonous snakes, swam with hungry great white sharks, rappelled down a 14,000-foot sinkhole in search of frogs, and been charged by an angry silver-backed gorilla. But then, Mireya Mayor is not your typical ex-NFL cheerleader.
“We don’t often hear stories of NFL cheerleaders who go on to become a Fulbright Scholar and a Ph.D., but Mireya’s story is exactly that and more. Pink Boots is the spirited and colorful story of a little Cuban-American girl who refused to let culture and others’ expectations of her hold her back. Her passion for the sciences and her adventurous spirit are deeply inspiring and incredibly invigorating. Mireya is beauty and brains personified–and a badass at that. It is a memoir of survival.”—Lisa Ling, journalist and best-selling author of Somewhere Inside
“Mireya is a charming, hilarious, and wonderful storyteller, and though she’s been charged and chased by wild animals in exotic locales and survived illnesses that would’ve killed a lesser person, she is also one of us—keenly and savagely aware of the importance of good hair and lip gloss.”—Julie Klam, best-selling author of You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness
Mayor never gave up her trademark stylishness, even when the going got tough. [Her] gutsy grittiness and wicked sense of humor allowed her to survive danger, disease and sexism. Entertaining reading for the intrepid at heart.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS
“Written in a breezy style that will be welcome to reality television aficionados, this National Geographic Wild co-host knows her audience and has crafted an appealing memoir that will be particularly welcome to outdoor wannabes.”—BOOKLIST
“[Pink Boots] fills an important gap; it ought to inspire young people, especially young women, to follow in Mayor’s footsteps. Armchair adventurers and readers interested in nature will enjoy the journey.”—LIBRARY JOURNAL


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