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Mojave Maxine Emergence Contest

Mojave Maxine Emergence Contest

Mojave Maxine Emergence Contest

Take part in our annual Mojave Maxine Contest and predict when she will make her 2018 debut. Students (K-12) in nine southern California counties have the opportunity to participate in the contest.

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Video of Maxine Emerging Feb 7, 2017

So, who is Mojave Maxine, and what is this contest?!

Mojave Maxine is an ambassador desert tortoise residing on exhibit at The Living Desert. Every year, thousands of school aged kids come to the zoo to visit Maxine and learn all about desert tortoises! How exciting can a tortoise be?
Well. . . did you know. . .

  • Tortoises can drink through their nose?!
  • A tortoise’s bladder acts like a water bottle that they can drink from whenever they need?!
  • Tortoises hibernate to survive the cold winters?!

Tortoises are reptiles, and reptiles are cold-blooded animals! This means they cannot produce their own body heat. In order to survive the freezing temperatures of the Mojave Desert winters, tortoises hibernate in a burrow. When reptiles hibernate, it’s called ‘brumation.’

Each year, Mojave Maxine enters her brumation sometime around late November, and she doesn’t wake up until spring time. The Living Desert holds a contest for students to try and guess what day and time Maxine will make her first emergence from her winter brumation, letting us know that spring has arrived!

So, why should you enter the contest?

Well, if you are the winning entry for your county, you win some pretty awesome prizes like an Amazon gift card and an annual pass for free entry to all federal lands (including national parks); not to mention t-shirts for your entire class, and a visit with a biologist and a live desert tortoise to your classroom!

So, don’t waste any time – make your guess when Maxine will make her 2018 debut – enter the contest today by click on the button below. Good luck and happy guessing!

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

  • ENTER ONLY ONE TIME!
    (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.
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  • 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.

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