Nat Geo - Mireya Mayor

October 19, 2017

For Immediate Release
October 19, 2017



Arts Commons Presents: National Geographic Live
- Pink Boots and a Machete with Mireya Mayor


CALGARY – Arts Commons Presents is proud to welcome National Geographic Live primatologist Mireya Mayor with Pink Boots and a Machete on November 5 & 6, 2017 in the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

Dr. Mireya Mayor’s exploits have earned her the nickname “the female Indiana Jones” and her adventures have taken her to some of the wildest and most remote places on earth. She’s survived poisonous insect bites, been charged by gorillas and chased by elephants. She’s also drunk cow blood in Tanzania, shared a raw goat kidney with the Maasai warriors of Africa and ingested leaves to calm down an angry 400-pound silverback gorilla in Congo. 

On expedition in Madagascar, Mayor co-discovered a rare new species of mouse lemur, believed to be the world’s smallest primate. Her discovery inspired the prime minister of Madagascar to establish a national park to help protect the new species, conserving the remaining 10 percent of the African island nation’s once vast forest. 

Mireya shares stories, images, and film clips of her adventures, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the hardships and danger of life in the field, along with the moments of discovery that make it all worthwhile. View of video of Mireya Mayor speaking about her incredible passion for nature.


What:               Pink Boots and a Machete

When:              Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2 PM & Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7 PM

Where:             Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall


For tickets, call 403-294-9494 or visit



Please see attached biography

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Alex Bonyun, Communications Manager




Mireya Mayor - National Geographic Emerging Explorer, primatologist and conservationist


A former NFL cheerleader, daughter of Cuban immigrants, and mother of six, Dr. Mireya Mayor followed her unlikely dreams. In short order, she became a respected primatologist, audacious explorer, National Science Foundation Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, and an Emmy Award-nominated wildlife correspondent for the National Geographic Channel.


Mayor divides her time between research in the rain forests of Madagascar, lecturing at schools and universities across the country, and traveling the world as a wildlife correspondent. She lives with her husband, 6 children, their dog, 11 chickens, 1 rooster and an ever-growing menagerie of other animals.


National Geographic Live


National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in a variety of cities around the world, including, Seattle, Tampa, Los Angeles, Florence and Calgary. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. For more information, visit


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