Meet Dr. Mireya Mayor, the “female Indiana Jones” and the first female wildlife correspondent for National Geographic during our #WomensHistoryMonth celebration: https://t.co/JAcaUm1ANu pic.twitter.com/W8MEbsYUGu
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When asked about her work in the environmental sciences, Dr. Mireya Mayor said that female representation was a big priority for her. “One of the main reasons I accepted the position [with National Geographic] was not only the incredible opportunity to speak and educate about endangered species, but for young girls who love science to see themselves on screen, it shows them that they can also follow their dreams,” Dr. Mireya Mayor explained.
“Women are making daily contributions, we have earned a place at the table, and we need to use our voices to create change, innovation requires diversity and unique perspectives,” the wildlife correspondent, explorer, and primatologist added.
Dr. Mayor’s adventures have often involved “little more than a backpack, notebooks, and hiking boots”, and she is the ultimate multi-tasker. This particular National Geographic wildlife correspondent has inspired many other women to pursue work in exploration or science while also surviving hazards from wild animals like poisonous insect bites, evading gorillas on the rampage, and escaping angry elephants!
Even though National Geographic explorer Dr. Mayor has been to some of the most exotic and most remote places across the globe, she still classifies Walt Disney World Resort as her family’s “favorite place on the planet”!
“Disney has a magic, a place of creativity and imagination, where boundaries are pushed and there is no limit. I want to instill that in children, and we should all strive to search beyond our scope of imagination including the sciences,” the National Geographic explorer told the Disney Parks Blog.