Meet Jonathan, the Seychelles giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea hololissa), who turns 190 years in 2022. No one really knows in which year he was born but when he was first photographed in 1886 he was mature and estimates suggests his birth year to be 1832 or earlier. Before turning 190 years of age, he was already the oldest living land animal, but now he is the oldest chelonian ever (a category which include turtles, tortoises, and terrapins).
Jonathan lives on the island of St Helena (where Napoleon was incarcerated and died), in the gardens of the governor’s residence. He arrived on the island from the Seychelles when he was already 50 years old and since then he has outlasted 32 governors. His lifespan makes him older than electricity, cars and telephones.
Jonathan lives a quiet life on St Helena, munching on the grass and being hand-fed once a week on cabbages, cucumbers, carrots, and apples. He also has three companions called David, Emma, and Fred.
He apparently even has a 5p coin with his image on it!