Tag Archives: Jonathan the tortoise

The day a tortoise turned turtle for the King of England

Flags flapped along the seafront as King George VI stepped ashore on St Helena… a small island, somewhere off the coast of France. Quite a long way off, actually – and the same goes for the rest of the text … Continue reading

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When Jonathan met Sally – and the story went global

  The BBC’s prestigious From Our Own Correspondent programme evidently has a fascination for St Helena: the island has featured on it at least four times in the space of five years. Judged against the size of the island’s population, … Continue reading

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Games baton approaches: no need to get sniffy, Jonathan

It’s too bad that Jonathan the tortoise no longer has much of a sense of smell. The Commonwealth Games baton is to arrive on St Helena on 19 February 2014, and it might well carry, to the well-tuned nose, the … Continue reading

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After 150-plus years, Gentleman Jonathan gets his privacy

St Helena’s “creakingly old national treasure,” Jonathan the tortoise, will soon be protected from over-enthusiastic tourists, in an effort to extend the long life of the oldest known creature in the world. Work has started on building a fenced walkway at Plantation House to … Continue reading

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Death of Lonesome George is a bleak warning for St Helena

The death of a giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands gives a gloomy foretaste of the sadness to come when St Helena’s best-loved inhabitant passes on. Preparations have begun in readiness for the day when Jonathan the tortoise, the oldest known creature in the … Continue reading

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Sculpture could help Jonathan live on for centuries

A life-sized bronze sculpture of Jonathan the tortoise has been proposed to commemorate the life of St Helena’s oldest resident. But there is another possibility: a stone carving. Lonesome George, the last of the world’s giant Pinto Island tortoises, who died earlier … Continue reading

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Keep your distance, please: Jonathan gets some privacy

The paddock that has been home to St Helena’s oldest resident for more than 100 years is to be given a makeover. The island’s planning board has given approval for new fencing to protect Jonathan, one of the world’s last … Continue reading

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Love nest planned for the oldest old romantic in the world

Jonathan the tortoise may still have the energy for romantic love-ins with his young lady companions, but it seems the attention of tourists on St Helena may be too much for him. Despite the evidence of his lively libido, there … Continue reading

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