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World's oldest living animal is 183 years old

Posted on Saturday, 9 January, 2016 | Comment icon 11 comments

Jonathan is the oldest known living land animal. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 David Stanley
Despite being around for almost two centuries, Jonathan the Aldabra giant tortoise is still going strong.
The long-lived reptile, whose species can be found on an outer island of the Seychelles near Madagascar, has spent most of his life on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic.

Historians believe that he was brought there in 1882 as a gift for the British governor of the time and even to this day he can still be found wandering around the grounds of the plantation house.

Sadly only a few Aldabra giant tortoises remain in the world today because most of them were wiped out during the 18th and 19th centuries by hunters. These days the species is considered vulnerable to extinction and conservationists have been working hard to preserve what few individuals remain.

As for Johnathan however - he at least is in it for the long-haul. It isn't clear how long he has left to live but there's a good chance that he will be around for a good few years yet.

There's even the possibility that he might still manage to outlive us all.

Source: National Geographic | Comments (11)

Tags: Giant Tortoise

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin on 9 January, 2016, 21:19
That is not, by far, the current longest living animal by definition of "animal", I think. I'll check...
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin on 9 January, 2016, 21:23
The Oldest Living Land Animal tortoise The Oldest Living Land Animal. There are corals known to live for thousands of years, and bowhead whales are estimated to live for centuries, but land animals rarely have such lengthy life spans. The current record holder for the longest currently living terrestrial animal goes to a tortoise named Jonathan. Jun 21, 2015
Comment icon #4 Posted by qxcontinuum on 10 January, 2016, 6:09
wondering why water animals live longer than land ones..
Comment icon #5 Posted by DieChecker on 10 January, 2016, 7:30
That is not, by far, the current longest living animal by definition of "animal", I think. I'll check... I thought this tortoise was only the longest living Documented animal. In that there are documents which confirm it specifically be around for the whole time.
Comment icon #6 Posted by FollowTheTrail on 10 January, 2016, 13:28
Just wow!
Comment icon #7 Posted by MissJatti on 10 January, 2016, 15:24
3 cheers to Johnathan, long live the tortoise.... I wish I could live as long has arwen
Comment icon #8 Posted by Still Waters on 10 January, 2016, 21:12
Good old Jonathan, long may he continue.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 11 January, 2016, 18:55
We humans, being the GREATEST animals on the planet, should be living for centuries, damn it! Can you imagine what Beethoven could have done with tons of extra time, or Picasso? Makes me want to tear my hair out.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard on 11 January, 2016, 18:57
We humans, being the GREATEST animals on the planet, should be living for centuries, damn it! Can you imagine what Beethoven could have done with tons of extra time, or Picasso? Makes me want to tear my hair out. And the damage that could have been done if a Hitler or Stalin were able to live that long?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 11 January, 2016, 20:20
And think of 79 year-old Robert Redford (my favorite actor) his 2015 back-to-nature buddy flick entitled "A Walk in the Woods" could be remade in 2115 starring HIM once again as "A Walk in the Woods on Mars." He would be a spry 179 and going strong.

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