Born in 1832, oldest tortoise alive turns 190 in 2022


Jonathan (left) c.1882-86, on the grounds of Plantation House, St Helena. — Guinnessworldrecords.com

Jonathan has spent almost two centuries on the planet, reaching the age of 190 in 2022.

The tortoise was given the title of the oldest living animal on land by Guinness World Records (GWR). 

According to GWR, previously, the oldest chelonian was Tu’i Malila, a tortoise that lived for about 188 years.

An account on Twitter @sincerity_pics published an image of the tortoise which went viral.

The St Helena Government said shared that he was now blind.

“His hearing though is excellent and he loves the company of humans and responds well to his vet Joe Hollins’ voice as he associates him with a feast” it added.



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