The Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center is a focal point for visitor orientation. The multiple facilities offer information and interpretation about recreation opportunities, geology, wildlife, and much more.
Mojave Max (Gopherus agassizii) is a desert tortoise that lives at Red Rock Canyon NCA. Max is a desert “spokestortoise” for all the wild tortoises that live in the Mojave Desert and serves as a major symbol of the desert.
Mojave Max is a desert tortoise who was born (hatched) in 1989. This reptile weighs 12 and a half lbs. and is about 13 inches long. He resides next to eight females and one other large male tortoise named Hugo. The desert tortoise can live to be 60-80 years old in the wild and spends 95% of its life in a burrow. Since the desert tortoise is Nevada’s state reptile, Max serves as an important reminder to respect, protect and enjoy all the animals and plants of the Mojave Desert!
See more videos: Max’s YouTube Channel
Mojave Max wants you to enjoy our wonderful desert environment. Remember to Respect, Protect, and Enjoy our desert!
Mojave Max teaches that when you’re in the desert:
Here are some commonly asked questions about our friend Mojave Max. If you have even more interest, please come on out and see us, we are happy to answer all of your questions.
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