Mireya Mayor: Female Indiana Jones

Her name is Mireya Mayor.  She is a PhD that people call “The Female Indiana Jones.”

She has drunk cow’s blood and eaten raw goat kidney.  Mayor, 37, grew up in Miami, a Cuban “girlie-girl.”  Now a worldly animal expert, she tells of her transformation in her new book, “Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey From NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer.”

In an interview with CNN, Mayor talked about her adventures of bio-diverse animals and dangerous places.

The greater the biodiversity implies the greater the health of the ecosystem.

Her favorite expedition so far has been “Expedition Africa,” where she spent time with Western Lowland Gorillas in Congo and trekked across Tanzania.  “Expedition Africa” is a reality show based on Henry Morton Stanley‘s search for Dr. David Livingstone.

Tarantulas are common in Mayor’s travels.  Tarantulas aren’t big on people, so the best thing to do when near a tarantula is just be aware.  In South America, Mayor amused the locals by letting a tarantula crawl from her hand, up her arm to the top of her head.

Mayor survived a plane crash in the Congo, which changed her disposition on airplanes.  Now a nervous flier, she has trouble falling asleep on airplanes, but she doesn’t let it deter her from her passion.  Since surviving the plane crash, she told CNN, she hopes that she “beat the odds and will never experience another.”

CNN asked Mayor if she enjoyed traveling to domestic places or if she found them boring.

Mayor replied, “Oh, no.  I still like my comforts and I still think that traveling domestically can be a lot of fun.”

Not having been to any cold places yet, Mayor has Antarctica and Alaska in her sights.

Source: CNN.com, Wikipedia

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