Apr 20

Meet National Geographic Explorer and Primatologist Mireya Mayor

by Staff

Guest Blog Post

Mireya Mayor and Chimpanzee

For more than a decade I have led expeditions to some of the most remote, unexplored corners of the planet in search of the world's most endangered creatures. While in the wild, I have been charged by gorillas, chased by elephants and come face to face with great white sharks. Although a primatologist, my job as a wildlife correspondent has brought me close to animals both on land and below the sea. But long before becoming a full-fledged explorer, I was a little girl growing up in a big city with little opportunity to experience nature and wildlife. Call it serendipity, but the very year I was born, SeaWorld Orlando opened its doors and it would be here that I would have my very first close up encounter with the amazing creatures that live beneath the ocean. I fell in love with the sharks, whales, and dolphins I would one day dive with in the wild.

I am excited to return to SeaWorld to share my enthusiasm and passion for animals as well as talk about the new series I'll be hosting on Nat Geo Wild called Wild Nights. As much as I love exotic places, the fact is we don't have to travel halfway across the globe to see unique animals - we have them in our backyards. My Wild Nights series is going to give a whole new meaning to urban wildlife. We're going to be highlighting some incredibly exotic animals in iconic cities. There are creatures roaming the streets that you would never realize are there - it's a crazily ambitious animal scavenger hunt!

I hope to see you all Saturday at SeaWorld Orlando so we can meet in person!

-Mireya