Tortoise tales

Black and white picture of a man and baby riding on Jonathan's back

Visitors are asked to get off Jonathan’s back. Picture supplied by Nick Thorpe

Jonathan the tortoise is the oldest known living creature in the world – around 160-180 years of age – so it’s not surprising that St Helena’s best-loved resident gets written about quite a lot. Read all about him here.

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.  Continue reading →

Jonathan the tortoise: a slow heart-throb keeps on going

His great age means he can barely see or smell the grass, and his beak is so blunt he has to be fed by hand. But Jonathan, the oldest known creature in the world, enjoys a vigorous private life. Continue reading →

The great survivor: how Jonathan turned out not to be extinct

St Helena’s most celebrated living resident has been found to be one of the last survivors of a species that was thought to have been killed off by hungry mariners. JOE HOLLINS, the island’s vet, describes how Jonathan the tortoise turned out to be one of the last of his species. Continue reading →

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 →

In pictures: St Helena’s natural wonders, by Andrew Gurr

Click on this gallery to see a picture of Jonathan with the Commonwealth Games baton. Continue reading →

Art for heart’s sake: best anti-smoking posters chosen

Jonathan features on one of the prize-winning entries in a competition to design the best poster to illustrate the risks of smoking. Artist Cameron Johnson had Jonathan advising people to live longer, just like him, by staying off tobacco. Continue reading → 

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 from the attentions of over-enthusiastic tourists. Continue reading →

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. Continue reading →

 

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