The Living Desert
Home  >  Mojave Maxine Emergence Contest

Mojave Maxine Emergence Contest

Mojave Maxine Emergence Contest

When will Mojave Maxine make her 2017 Debut?

Mojave Maxine, the desert tortoise in the Mojave Desert Garden exhibit, is now in her annual brumation (reptilian hibernation). Brumation is how desert tortoises and other desert reptiles survive the cold winters – they sleep through them in their insulated, underground burrows. Maxine and her desert tortoise roommates typically enter brumation around Thanksgiving. Their bodies know when to go to sleep based on the outside temperatures and the change in daylight hours.

Students (K-12) in nine southern California counties have the opportunity to guess when Maxine will emerge from brumation in the spring through The Living Desert’s Mojave Maxine Emergence Contest. The winning student who guesses closest to the day and time of her emergence in each of the nine southern California counties will receive gift certificates for themselves and their teachers, t-shirts for their entire class, and a visit from a live desert tortoise!


Mojave Maxine emerging last year, on February 18, 2016.

Last year, over 1,200 students participated in our contest – and we hope to see that number increase this year! So, get ready with those guesses and spread the word about Mojave Maxine.

Guess correctly and win fun prizes for your class!

Who Can Play?

Southern California K-12 students from the following counties: Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura.

What Will You Win?

A $50 gift certificate, a Federal Lands Pass, a visit from a Desert Tortoise, Mojave Maxine t-shirts for your entire class and a $100 gift certificate for your teacher.


How Do You Win?

Submit the date and time that you think Mojave Maxine will emerge from her burrow for the first time in 2017. The first entry, in each of the nine eligible counties, closest to the exact time on the day she emerges will win.

How Do I Win?

To enter your guess in the Mojave Maxine Emergence Contest, fill out and submit the form below on this page.
How to Make a Good Guess

    (See rules for more info.)

  • Enter your first name.
  • Enter the first letter of your last name.
  • Enter your school or organization name
  • Enter your teacher or leaders name.
  • :
  • Verify that your entry is correct before pressing the Submit button
    By submitting this entry, I agree to abide by the rules of the Mojave Maxine Contest.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Zoo News