Tortoise’s have a very long lifespan. Jonathon the tortoise is one such testimonial of the longevity of this reptile. He is the world’s oldest known living land animal and has exceeded the average lifespan of a tortoise by over thirty years so far.
There are many pictures of Jonathon during many events that happened throughout his life. His estimated birth was in 1832. The earliest known picture of Jonathon is when he was already fifty years old in 1902.
Jonathon currently lives in St Helena. It is said that he was brought to his current home place in 1882. This senior tortoise lives at the Plantation House with the governor of St. Helena. Along with five other tortoises, they all can call their house a home. Jonathon is the oldest of the crew, by many years.
His vet feels that he has a very youthful spirit and predicts that Jonathon will be around for years to come. He does have a few effects of aging at this point. Jonathon’s sense of smell and his eyesight has begun to diminish. The cold has begun to have an effect on Jonathon and caused him to have a bit of weight loss. He doesn’t have a very big appetite and is fed a special meal once weekly.However, his libido remains strong as he shows interest in the youngest female tortoise that lives at his homestead.
The public is allowed to visit Jonathon, but there are rules in place to keep him safe. Some rules include keeping a distance of two metres and visiting only during daytime hours while he naps. So if you are in the St Helena area, be sure to stop by and bid Jonathon a visit.