At 182, Jonathan (the tortoise) may be the oldest living land creature, “He is virtually blind from cataracts, has no sense of smell - but his hearing ability is good”, says Joe Hollis, the local tour guide.

Jonathan is a rare Seychelles Giant. His lawn-fellows hail from the Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean. Aldabra Giants number about 100,000, but only one small breeding population of Seychelles tortoises exists.

Thirty-three governors have come and gone since then, and nobody wants Jonathan to die.

A photograph taken in 1882 shows Jonathan at his full size, and it can take 50 years to reach that physical maturity. The years since haven't always been kind. Tourists would often do whatever it took to get "that" photo.

Jonathan loves having his neck stroked. His head extends out from his shell to a surprising length. The tortoise like eating - bananas, cabbage and carrots, says Joe.

Jonathan's life has spanned eight British monarchs from George IV to Elizabeth II, and 51 prime ministers

It is believed that Jonathan was brought to St Helena from the Seychelles as a mature adult in 1882.

If it's correct that he is 182 years old then it would make him about 10 years too young to have met Napoleon, who died in 1821, even if he had spent his whole life on St Helena.

Blindness made it hard for Jonathan to find the right vegetation adding to his problems in finding food.

“Now there is a fresh regime, I feed Jonathan every Sunday morning, bring him all his favorite fruits and vegetables,” said Joe.

Tortoises may be slow but they are noisy, especially when they mate. "A noise like a loud harsh escape of steam from a giant battered old kettle, often rounded off with a deep oboe-like grunt." said Joe.

Unfortunately, Jonathan's trysts have not produced young yet. However, giant tortoises like Jonathan can live up to 250 years.

When Jonathan dies, his shell will be preserved and will go on display in St Helena, in fact his obituary has already been written.

The saints would like to raise funds for a life-size bronze statue of him.