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She's a female Indiana Jones: Mireya Mayor explores rain forests with pink boots and machetes

She's a female Indiana Jones: Mireya Mayor explores rain forests with pink boots and machetes

Mireya Mayor drank cow blood in Tanzania, swam with aggressive sharks in Mexico and faced a 400-pound silverback gorilla in the Congo. But the South Florida-raised wildlife expert still can’t get a “that’s cool, Mom” from her daughter, Emma.

“My other kids are really into animals and exploration and science, but I don’t think my 12-year-old thinks I’m as cool as they do,” says Mayor, who lives in Virginia with her husband and six children.

Of course, friends and colleagues already heap plenty of praise on the researcher. As a globe-trotting anthropologist, primatologist, conservationist and correspondent for National Geographic, Mayor’s life plays out like a nature travelogue,...

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