The picture on the left below was taken in 1902 of Jonathan, a giant tortoise born in 1832! On the right, you can see a pic of 182-year-old Jonathan today.

From the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, where he was presumably born back in 1832, the giant tortoise was brought to the tropical island of Saint Helena in 1882. Three of his tortoise friends came along for the trip, so Jonathan wasn’t lonely on the way, and he has lived in Saint Helena ever since.

It takes about 50 years for a giant tortoise to reach its full adult size, so when the pictures from 1902 were taken, Jonathan was already fully grown. He is widely considered to be the oldest living land animal today, but some giant tortoises have gotten even older than Jonathan in the past!

The Guinness World Record for the oldest confirmed age for a giant tortoise is held by Tui Malila, who died at the age of 189 in 1965. There is also an uncomfirmed claim that a giant tortoise in India named Adwaita lived to be 255 years old, so maybe Jonathan has a chance to crack 200 years as well!
Jonathan the giant tortoise is so famous in Saint Helena that he’s on the 5 pence coin of the local currency. That’s boss!