Jonathan (tortoise)

Male Seychelles giant tortoise

Jonathan (hatched c. 1832, 189−190 years old) is a Seychelles giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea hololissa), a subspecies of the Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea). He is the oldest known living terrestrial animal in the world. Jonathan lives on the island of Saint Helena, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean.[1] A photograph taken in 1886 featuring Jonathan exists.

Jonathan in 2020
Jonathan (left) in 1886

Jonathan was among three tortoises brought to Saint Helena from the Seychelles in 1882. He was named by Governor Spencer Davis during the 1930s.

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  1. Warfield, Kristen (22 March 2019). "Meet Jonathan, The Oldest-Known Animal In The World". The Dodo. Retrieved 6 April 2020.

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