Meet Jonathan, oldest known living animal on Earth at 189 years old.

By Jill Dando News

(Picture credit and Guinness World Records)

Miracle Jonathan the tortoise has survived two world wars, two pandemics and is on course for his double century.

He has already crossed the usual lifespan of 150 years and his veterinarian says that he is still healthy apart from some age-related issues.

Jonathan is also featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the giant tortoise is even older than Paris’ famous Eiffel Tower which was completed in 1887.


The Seychelles giant tortoise who was born in 1832 – five years before England’s Queen Victoria’s coronation – is now 189 years old. This makes him arguably the oldest known living land animal.

Jonathan currently resides on Saint Helena Island, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean. He was born in Seychelles, an island in the Indian Ocean, and was brought back in 1882 when he was 50-years-old. He was given the name Jonathan in the 1930s by the then Saint Helena Governor Sir Spencer Davis.

In 2015 a tortoise named Bertie became the world’s fastest tortoise, with a speed of 0.6mph.

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