20 Longest Living Animals That Roam the Earth

11Lin Wang

An Asian elephant named Lin Wang was the oldest elephant in the Taipei Zoo. He was born on January 18, 1917, and died on February 26, 2003, at 86 years, surpassing the previous record of 84. Normally, elephants live up to 50 years, while their maximum lifespan is generally estimated at 70.

12Old Billy

The oldest living horse on record was named Old Billy. Bill was allegedly born in the year 1760 in London, England. Bill died in 1822 at the age of 62 years.


A wild-born black rhino named Elly was the oldest in North America at an estimated 45 years of age and resided in California's San Francisco Zoo from April 1974 until passing in May 2017.

14Jonathan the tortoise

Jonathan the tortoise is 187 years of age is the oldest known living terrestrial animal in the world. Jonathan resides on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. He is now blind from cataracts, has lost his sense of smell, but has retained excellent hearing. When he was born George Washington had only been dead 33 years and Abraham Lincoln was 22 years old.


Adwaita, the turtle, was born before Mozart, before the French Revolution, and his death was announced by CNN. His estimated age was just over 250 years. He died in 2006.


Greater, who lived to be at least 83, was the world's oldest greater flamingo. In 2008, the almost blind bird was attacked and beaten by four teenagers. It was euthanized six years later because of arthritis.

17Tu'i Malila

A radiated tortoise named Tu'i Malila died at an age of 188 years in May 1965, at the time the oldest verified vertebrate. This tortoise was born in 1777.

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A female Laysan albatross named Wisdom which was born in 1951 successfully laid an egg at Midway Atoll in December 2016, at the age of 66. As of 2018, she is the oldest known wild bird in the world.


An Australian kelpie called Maggie is thought to be the world's oldest dog, she lived to almost 30 years of age on a dairy farm in Victoria, Australia.


A spur-thighed tortoise named Timothy born in Turkey died at an age of 165 years on 3 April 2004 in the UK. She was so old in fact she served as the mascot to the HMS Queen during the Crimean War.


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