The 2014 Mojave Max Emergence Contest officially opened today.
Mojave Max is a real live tortoise that lives at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Every fall when the hot Las Vegas weather cools off, Max goes into his burrow to begin brumation (this is how Max hibernates). In the spring, when the weather begins to warm up, Max emerges. The person who guesses as closely as possible to the correct day, hour and minute when Max will emerge from his burrow wins!
Anyone in the world can enter the contest. But only one K-12 student enrolled in a Clark County, Nev., public, private or registered home school is eligible to win. The grand prize winner and his or her class will win T-shirts, a pizza party and a field trip to Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area. The winner also receives a laptop computer, a digital camera, and a year-long pass to federally managed fee areas. The winner’s teacher will receive a laptop computer.
To enter the contest, log on to MojaveMax.com and click on the “contest” button. Since the contest was launched in 2000, the earliest Max has emerged was Feb. 14 at 11:55 a.m. in 2005. The latest he has emerged was April 17 at 12:41 p.m. in 2012.
The Mojave Max Education Program is provided by a partnership among Clark County, the Clark County School District, the Bureau of Land Management, the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association and Friends of Red Rock Canyon.
For more information and to enter the Mojave Max Emergence Contest, visit www.ClarkCountyNV.gov or www.mojavemax.com.