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Winner of Mojave Max Emergence Contest to Meet the Live Mojave Max on Thursday



For Immediate Release                                                 Wednesday,  May 4, 2011 


The Clark County student who most accurately predicted when Mojave Max would emerge from his winter slumber will be joined by her class for a field trip to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor’s Center to meet the live Mojave Max 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5.

The field trip is one of the prizes Elaine Wynn Elementary School third-grader Abigail Lemus received for winning this year’s Mojave Max Emergence Contest.

             “The Mojave Max program has made science and learning fun for thousands of Clark County students,” said Clark County Commission Chair Susan Brager, whose Commission District F includes Abigail’s school. “I congratulate Abigail on her achievement and thank all the staff, teachers and students who make this contest a great success every year.”

             Mojave Max is a live desert tortoise. Like other Southern Nevada reptiles, he enters a burrow to brumate (the reptilian form of hibernation) every winter and emerges every spring. Mojave Max’s emergence marks the beginning of spring-like weather in Southern Nevada. Warmer temperatures, longer daylight hours and an internal clock are factors that contribute to his emergence every year. For the emergence contest, Clark County students study Mojave Desert weather, temperatures and conditions to scientifically estimate when they believe Mojave Max will first emerge from his burrow. More than 6,300 students entered the 12th annual Mojave Max Emergence Contest, which ended at 2:03 p.m. March 29 with the tortoise’s emergence. Abigail estimated he would emerge at 1:57 p.m. on March 29.

 Abigail and her class will receive T-shirts and a pizza party as part of the field trip, during which she will also receive the rest of her prizes, which include an outdoor adventure backpack, a digital camera, a year-long pass to federally managed fee areas and a laptop computer. Abigail’s teacher will also receive a laptop computer.

             More information about Mojave Max and this program is available at or


Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 40 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.


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