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Scientist, explorer, wildlife correspondent, and inspirational speaker, Mireya Mayor, a Ph.D. in Anthropology, has reported on wildlife and habitat issues to worldwide audiences for more than a decade. Having dedicated her life to unlocking the mysteries of the natural world, she ventures into previously unexplored parts of the planet to study rare species, working closely with indigenous people in the process. In 2000 Mireya co-discovered a new species of mouse lemur in Madagascar.

Mireya is the author of Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey From NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer, in which she shares her transformation from cheerleader to scientist and her many adventures in the wilds -- including surviving a plane crash, sleeping in jungles teeming with venomous snakes, rappelling down a 14,000-foot sinkhole in search of frogs, and being charged by an irate silverback gorilla.

Read more about Mireya on her website.

Watch a Nat Geo Live! video of Mireya talking about her life and work.

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