Something Happy: The World’s Oldest Animal.

Jonathan the Giant Tortoise is 190 years old. He lives of the island of St Helena, in the South Atlantic. He was taken there from the Seychelles as a gift to the island’s governor, in 1882. He was already 50 years old at the time, and the climate of St Helena suited him very nicely. At 190, he is believed to be the oldest known living animal, and he is still going strong!

40 thoughts on “Something Happy: The World’s Oldest Animal.

      1. Me, too. There’s something wonderful about old tortoises. I was at the New England Aquarium yesterday with our daughter and grandchildren. I fell in love with those old animals.

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  1. St. Helena is a beautiful island with a gorgeous warm climate. I would love to visit it! Jonathan is living in paradise I’d say. He looks like a great character.

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    1. Yes, it is their incredibly slow metabolism that makes them live so long. And they are vegetarians too of course. Their lifespan is usually 150 years, and it is believed that the unique climate of St Helena has enabled Jonathan to greatly exceed that.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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