Meet Mojave Max 2018-10-15T07:19:39+00:00

Meet Mojave Max

Meet Mojave Max

Hi, I’m Mojave Max!

I’m the official mascot for the Clark County Desert Conservation Program and its partners. Since 1995 I’ve been telling folks about native species, what they can do to protect their local environments, and how to safely explore and enjoy our desert!

Please look around my website and learn all about how you can respect, protect, and enjoy our wonderful desert!

Did you know?

Did you know that Mojave Max is a real live Desert Tortoise who lives at Springs Preserve? Like other Southern Nevada reptiles, Max enters a burrow to brumate (the reptilian form of hibernation) every winter and emerges every spring. Mojave Max’s emergence marks the unofficial start of spring in Southern Nevada. Mojave Max was born in 2004 and calls Springs Preserve his home.

What Does Mojave Max Do?

Mojave Max has hosted the annual Mojave Max Emergence Contest since 2000 and has come to be known as quite a weather indicator for the west coast.

The Mojave Max mascot visits schools and teaches students about the Mojave Desert that we live in, all about Desert Tortoises like himself, and he also tells students all about the Mojave Max Emergence contest.

Mojave Max would love to be a part of your school curriculum. If you’re interested in having the Mojave Max mascot visit your school, talk about desert tortoises, and tell you more about the Mojave Max Emergence contest, please have your teacher contact the Clark County Desert Conservation Program. You can email Audrie Locke or call her at 702-455-2705.

The Mojave Max Education Team provides educational assemblies for grades 1-5 in Clark County schools in the fall and winter months each year. The assembly application is currently open and will remain open until Thursday, November 30th at 3:00 pm. Clark County teachers for grades 1 – 5, if you would like to request a Mojave Max Assembly and have the Mojave Max Education Team visit your school, please complete the Mojave Max Assembly application. Regretfully, the Mojave Max Education Team can only do 20 assemblies each season, but please don’t be discouraged. If we are unable to provide your school with a Mojave Max assembly, we will offer you a Tortoise Talk presentation which is just as fun!

Until then, check out the Kid’s Adventure page and the Resources section of the website to find fun things to do with Mojave Max.


Mojave Max wants you to enjoy our beautiful desert. Remember that you can help preserve our desert by doing the following:

  • Always stash your trash. Please don’t litter.
  • Leave soils, rocks, plants, and animals alone.
  • Stay on established roads and trails.
  • Please respect, protect, and enjoy our desert!

Stay Social with Mojave Max

Brought to you by the Clark County Desert Conservation Program and its partners.

Resources for students and teachers

Mojave Max believes in enjoying his desert home and he wants everyone to learn how to keep it safe, how to Respect it, Protect it, and Enjoy it. To do that, he and his friends have collected many fun resources that will help you get started exploring his world.

View Resources