Mojave Max

Who is Mojave Max?

Mojave Max is a desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) that lives at Red Rock Canyon NCA. Max is a desert “spokestortoise” for all the wild tortoises that live in the Mojave Desert. He resides at our Visitor Center, along with eight females and a large male tortoise named Hugo.

The desert tortoise is Nevada’s state reptile, so Max serves as an important reminder to respect, protect and enjoy all the animals and plants of the Mojave Desert. Mojave Max programs are provided to local schools in partnership with Clark County’s Desert Conservation Program and the Clark County School District.

To learn more about Mojave Max, school programs, and the annual emergence contest, head over to Max’s website:

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A Message From Max

Mojave Max Logo 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:

  • Stay on established roads and trails.
  • If you pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave soil, rocks, plants and animals alone.
  • Respect, Protect & Enjoy our Desert!

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