World's Oldest Tortoise Turns 190

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Jonathan, a Seychelles giant tortoise, holds the title of the world's oldest living land animal, as recognized by Guinness World Records. Remarkably, he is also the oldest turtle or tortoise ever documented, set to celebrate his 190th birthday this year, though the exact date remains unknown.

Born around 1832, Jonathan has spent the majority of his long life on St. Helena, a small island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Originally from Seychelles, he arrived on St. Helena in 1882, already a fully grown adult, suggesting he was likely at least 50 years old at the time, according to island veterinarian Joe Hollins.

An archival photograph from 1882-1886 captures Jonathan strolling in the garden of Plantation House, the residence of the governor of St. Helena. Astonishingly, Jonathan still resides there today, witnessing the tenures of 31 governors, two world wars, 40 US presidents, and seven British monarchs.

Despite the changing world, Jonathan's life has maintained its simplicity, revolving around basic interests such as eating, sleeping, and mating. Sadly, he has lost his ability to see and smell. In the company of three other giant tortoises—David, Emma, and Fred—Jonathan remains the island's celebrity, even gracing St. Helena's 5 pence coins. Plans for stamps featuring Jonathan are in progress as part of his upcoming birthday celebrations.


1- Who is the island veterinarian mentioned in the text?

2- In which year did Jonathan arrive on St. Helena?

3- Besides Jonathan, name one of the other giant tortoises he lives with.


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article by Rachel Treisman.