Ten of the Longest Living Animals in the World

Can you guess how long the oldest animal in the world will live for? No matter what your guess is we are sure that you will be surprised when you read about the life span of these ten amazing creatures. If you are wondering about the creatures with the longest life span in nature, you can find the answer right here. I have chosen some of the oldest animals of their breeds with verified ages that will shock you as well as amaze you…

Aldabra The Giant Tortoise

Adwaita, an Aldabra giant tortoise, died at an estimated age of 255 in March 2006 in Zoological Garden, Alipore, Kolkata, India. It is the oldest terrestrial animal in the world.

Cocky Bennett the Cockatoo

Cocky Bennett the Cockatoo

The oldest known bird in the world was an Australian sulphur-crested cockatoo called Cocky Bennett, who lived to 120. He could recall phrases such as “one feather more and I’ll fly” and “one at a time, gentlemen, please”. He lived from 1796 to 1916 and travelled the world with various owners.

Henry the Tuatara

The tuatara, a lizard-like reptile native to New Zealand, can live well over 100 years. Henry, a tuatara at the Southland Museum in New Zealand, mated for the first time at the estimated age of 111 years in 2009 with an 80-year-old female and fathered 11 baby tuatara.

Dakshayani the Asian Elephant

Dakshayani the Asian Elephant

Dakshayani, a female Asian elephant, initially owned by the Travancore royal family and later by the Travancore Devaswom Board, was 88 or 89 years old when she died on February 5, 2019. She is believed to be the oldest elephant in captivity in Asia and was nicknamed ‘Gaja Muthassi’ (grandmother of elephants).

Hakuna the Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Hakuna, an African slender-snouted crocodile was gifted to Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 1929 by singer and dancer Josephine Baker, He lived there for 85 years until he died on 19 February 2015, He is the oldest crocodile in captivity ever.

Chilly the Flamingo

The world’s oldest flamingo “Greater” died at Adelaide Zoo of Australia. The world’s oldest flamingo known as Greater died at the age of 83 on 30 January 2014 at Adelaide Zoo of Australia. Greater was brought to the zoo in 1933 and lived long with the Chilean flamingo named Chilly, who is in his 60s.

Muja the American Alligator

Muja the American Alligator

Muja, an American alligator at Belgrade Zoo, is considered the oldest alligator in the world. Muja is more than 80 years old.

Ol’ Billy the Horse

The oldest living horse on record, Ol’ Billy, was allegedly born in the year 1760 in London, England. Bill died in 1822 at the age of 62 years. Henry Harrison, a resident of London during the time, had also allegedly known Ol’ Billy for 59 years until Bill’s death.

Glass sponges

Glass sponges

Glass sponges found in the East China Sea and the Southern Ocean have been estimated to be more than 10,000 years old. Although this may be an overestimate, it is likely that this is the longest-lived animal on Earth.

Greenland sharks

The Greenland shark had been estimated to live to about 200 years, but a study published in 2016 found that a 5.02 m (16.5 ft) specimen was 392 ± 120 years old, resulting in a minimum age of 272 and a maximum of 512. That makes the Greenland shark the longest-lived vertebrate.

Author: Gus Barge

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