The world’s oldest turtle turns 190


Jonathan the tortoise became the world’s oldest tortoise in 2022, gaining recognition from Guinness World Records (which recently named the world’s oldest cat) after he turned 190. It has been accepted that he hatched in 1832 based on photographic records, but it was not until November of this year that he was finally granted an official birthday. It is not only the oldest living turtle, but it is also the oldest known land animal .


Jonathan’s birthday was declared December 4, 1832 by the governor of the British territory of St. Helena Nigel Phillips, as reported by the Guardian. It was celebrated with a three-day celebration on the island in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Jonathan is a Seychelles giant tortoise ( Aldabrachelys gigantea hololissa ). In the absence of official documents, the turtle’s age is estimated on the basis of an old photograph showing its arrival on Saint Helena from the Seychelles in 1882. In the photo, Jonathan appears in a fully mature stage of his life and therefore probably has at least 50 years old, which suggests he was born at least in 1832.

His impressive tenure on Earth saw him go through 39 US presidents and narrowly miss meeting Napoleon.


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