The world’s oldest turtle celebrates its 190th birthday with a 3-day party

Jonathan holds the Guinness Record for the world’s oldest tortoise after he was born in 1832.


He has seen 39 US presidents and lives on the island of St Helena.

The oldest turtle in the world has celebrated its 190th birthday in the middle of a 3-day party on the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.

This is Jonathan , who has received the Guinness Record this December 4 after turning 190 since his birth in 1832.

a veteran turtle

His birthday was celebrated by the Governor of the Overseas Territory Nigel Phillips. The three-day party was at the diplomat’s house and involved more turtles and locals.

Jonathan is a Seychelles giant tortoise ( Aldabrachelys gigantea hololissa ) who achieved the record following the death of Tu’i Malila, a radiated tortoise who died at the age of 188 in 1965.

Technically, their official registration title is the oldest chelonian, an order of shelled reptiles that includes all tortoises, terrapins, and tortoises.

His age, in reality, is an estimate based on a photograph capturing him arriving in St Helena in 1882. In the photo, Jonathan appears to be fully mature and likely at least 50 years old, suggesting he was born at least in 1832.

what he lived

Jonathan ‘s long life has seen him witness 39 US Presidents and nearly met Napoleon.

His age, of course, also takes its toll on him: he’s blind and has no sense of smell, but he still has a hearty appetite with favorites including bananas and hearts of lettuce.