Mojave Max (source: BLM)
Mojave Max (source: BLM)

Mojave Max, the Spokestortoise for the Clark County Desert Conservation Program  since 1995 is currently in his burrow in Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, Nevada.  He started his brumination, which is similar to hibernation,  on November 12th, 2010.   Max has been hosting the annual Mojave Max Emergence Contest since the year 2000.  Students from many areas of Nevada, California and Utah can enter this contest to win prizes for themselves, their class and their teacher, by guessing the date and exact time of Max’s emergence.

If you want to see Max’s emergence history, read the list below:

2000 – March 15 – 12:32 p.m.
2001 – March 19 – 8:30 a.m.
2002 – March 22 – 11:46 a.m.
2003 – March 7 – 10:25 a.m.
2004 – February 19 – 11:14 a.m.
2005 – February 14 – 11:55 a.m.
2006 – April 3 – 11:32 a.m.
2007 – March 26 – 11:34 a.m.
2008 – April 14 – 11:27 a.m.
2009 – April 7 – 2:37 p.m.
2010 – March 30 – 9:23 a.m.

To find out more about Mojave Max, the yearly contest and more information about the desert tortoise, check out this website:

Take It Easy – Mojave

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For the purposes of this blog I call myself Mojave because of my love for the Mojave Desert. I have lived in the Yucca Valley area of the Hi-Desert since 1976, I have always loved our Mojave Desert. My appreciation for the Mojave has grown even more over the years. I am a Career & Technical Education teacher and coordinator at the high school level as well as a part-time college instructor. I also served on the Town of Yucca Valley Planning Commission for 5 years and am a current Town Councilman. In my spare time I enjoy researching desert facts, exploring the desert, geocaching and enjoying the many animals that keep my wife and I very busy.



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