Happy 30th Birthday Max!

Max is the only tortoise in the enclosures behind the Visitor Center at Red Rock Canyon whose age is known. He was hatched at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in 1989. The rest of our tortoises are rescues so we can only make educated guesses as to their ages. With that in mind, we decided to have a party for Max’s 30th birthday on Saturday, April 27th, 2019.

Our human guests were treated to coffee and some adorable tortoise cupcakes from Daisy Cakes. The tortoises dined on tortoise chow and had kale for “dessert.”

Yum!

As the star of the show, Max naturally decided to sleep in a bit. Everyone else was awake bright and early, and they eagerly dug into their breakfasts. Lucie and a couple of the other girls were already finished with the tort chow and had moved onto their kale by the time Max woke up at 9 a.m. Tortoises should never eat sweets, but we couldn’t help getting a quick shot of Max and a tort cupcake. He seemed interested!

*Sniff sniff*

Maybe the sweet smell of cupcake whetted his appetite, because Max finished his chow in record time. Then he demolished the fresh kale, stem and all.

Happy 30th, Max. Here’s to many more!