Jonathan, a Seychelles giant tortoise, has celebrated his 190th birthday, making him the oldest living tortoise in the world. Born in 1832, Jonathan has lived through five British monarchical reigns, two world wars and the moon landings. He originally arrived on St Helena in 1882, as part of a group of three tortoises gifted to the island’s governor. His remarkable longevity has been attributed to a well-balanced diet, access to sunlight and fresh water, as well as the protection of conservation efforts. Jonathan is a symbol of hope for conservation of the Seychelles giant tortoise species.
World’s Oldest Living Tortoise Celebrates 190th Birthday
Jonathan, a Seychelles giant tortoise, is considered the world’s oldest living tortoise, after celebrating his 190th birthday on February 7, 2021. The tortoise was born in 1832 and has lived through the reigns of five British monarchs, as well as numerous world events such as the two world wars, the Russian revolution, and the moon landings.
Jonathan was brought to Saint Helena in 1882 as a young tortoise. He was originally part of a group of three tortoises that were gifted to the governor of the island. He is now the last remaining tortoise of his original group and has lived on the island for over 130 years.
Jonathan spends his days leisurely wandering around his enclosure, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and lounging in the sun. He is well-loved by the island’s residents and visitors alike, who often come to visit him at his home at the Plantation House.
Jonathan’s remarkable longevity is due in part to his species, as Seychelles giant tortoises can live up to 250 years in the wild. However, proper care and nutrition have also played a role in Jonathan’s long life. His caretakers ensure he has a well-balanced diet and access to plenty of sunlight and fresh water.
Jonathan is not only a beloved resident of Saint Helena but also a symbol of hope for his species. Seychelles giant tortoises were once hunted to near extinction, with only an estimated 3,000 remaining in the wild today. However, conservation efforts to protect the tortoises and their habitats have resulted in an increase in the population in recent years.
How long do Seychelles giant tortoises live?
Seychelles giant tortoises can live up to 250 years in the wild.
What is Jonathan’s diet?
Jonathan’s diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, such as apples, bananas, and carrots.
Why are Seychelles giant tortoises endangered?
Seychelles giant tortoises were once hunted to near extinction, and their habitats have been threatened by deforestation, invasive species, and climate change.
What can we do to help protect Seychelles giant tortoises?
We can support conservation organizations working to protect the tortoises and their habitats, reduce our carbon footprint to combat climate change, and avoid buying products made from endangered species.