Where to see the oldest living things on Earth

(CNN) – Who needs new and improved when you can enjoy old and refined?

Wandering planets looking for adventure may consider spending time with these ten living ambassadors from the past, including a bird with millions of miles of flight, a rose that survived aerial bombardment, a tree attached to a tree. Andes and huge purple Antarctic.

These and other amazing antiquities await the dedicated traveler.

WILD BIRD: About 68 years

Wisdom, the world's oldest confirmed bird, reached at least 68 this year. Since its inception in 1956, Laysan albatross has recorded more than three million flights, six times the distance from the moon and back!
Between oceanic migrations, the usual router returns in the fall to the National Wildlife Refuge at Atoll Midway to raise chicks. He has survived a tsunami and laid about 30 to 40 eggs on the island.

With perseverance and permission, one can see Sophia and her companions Foebastria immutabilis in his coastal paradise. Midway Atoll is located at the northern end of the Hawaiian archipelago.

ANIMAL ANIMAL: About 187 years

Jonathan's exact age is uncertain, but he is considered to be about 187.

Jonathan's exact age is uncertain, but he is considered to be about 187.

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Jonathan, the most beloved resident of St. Helena, a tiny island in the South Atlantic, was born around 1832, five years before the coronation of Queen Victoria. Since then, the giant turtle has lived 39 U.S. presidents.

He never met the other notable to live on the island, Napoleon, as the French emperor died in exile there in 1821. The gentle reptile giant came from the Seychelles to the Indian Ocean, but made the move to the Atlantic as a gift to the then governor. of St. Helen in 1882.

Since then, it has been unfolding for the governor's large island estate, where he enjoys the company of three other huge turtles and common people.

ROLOGY: About 1,200 years

Celebrated as the Thousand Years of Rose, a tall rose bush in Germany is believed to have been established by King Louis in 815.

The shrub grows next to a Catholic cathedral dedicated to St. Mary in Hildesheim, a beautiful medieval village known for its ancient churches.

In addition to beauty and age, the plant displays remarkable vigor. Allied bombings during World War II left the cathedral in ruins, but the rose, the Rosa canina, also known as the dog, grew, somehow survived, flourished and now grows more than 30 feet high. next to the arch of the restored church.

Visit at any time, but late May and early June are the best times to see the delicate pink flowers.

NATURAL TREE: About 2,300 years

The sacred tree Bodhi at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Temple in Anuradapura, Sri Lanka.

The sacred tree Bodhi at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Temple in Anuradapura, Sri Lanka.


The fig tree under which Siddhartha Gautama was enlightened in India has been around for a long time, but a cut from it, carried by a royal devoted to Sri Lanka around 250 BC, gives or takes a few decades, has evolved into One of the most revered trees is the Buddhist world and the oldest known tree with a planting history.

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Ficus religiosa, has hailed the religious, the strange and the fanatical for centuries.

H. G. Wells was amazed. The elephants destroyed it. Tamil's separatists besieged him.

Today, pilgrims of all kinds pay tribute, especially on the day of the moon (poya), to the tree, which sits among ornate gardens, canals, golden fences, religious stalls and young Bodhi trees in Mahamewna Gardens in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

WORK STRUCTURE: About 2,500 years

Whether planted by man or nature, before the rise of classical Greece, 2,000 to 3,000 years ago, a seed grown on the island of Crete, which to this day produces an annual olive harvest.

But the monumental tree in the village of Vouves makes more than fruit. This and other ancient Olea europaea nearby, similar to the magic of age and appearance, attract artists, religious leaders, Olympians and heads of state, inspired by their impressive cracks and limbs.

Today, the Vouves tree has a museum that highlights the traditional olive harvesting techniques of Crete, once the seat of Minoan civilization, which in antiquity belonged to the olive oil trade.

AGRIO AGRIO: About 3,000 years

These striking worms are the Andean shrubs that can date back thousands of years.

These striking worms are the Andean shrubs that can date back thousands of years.


Yareta or llareta, shiny green moss-like concrete cans, are truly flowering shrubs perfectly designed to withstand the high altitude conditions of the Andean mountains in Peru, Bolivia, northern Chile and western Argentina.

Air, freezing temperatures and drought do not prove the correspondence of Azorella compacta, a wild, inedible relative of parsley and fennel, which slowly and methodically evolves into an existence that grows only one meter per century.

Due to their slow growth rate, the largest shrubs are believed to be around 3,000 years old.

Given their density – a shrub can easily support a person's weight – Yareta have been used as peat as traditional fuel. Fortunately, South American governments have come together to protect endangered species.

ONLY TWO: About 5,000 years

Methuselah, a pine forest in the White Mountains of California, is about 5,000 years old, making it the oldest known non-cloned organism on Earth.

Named for a 969-year-old Old Testament story, the exact sites of Pinus longaeva remain a well-kept scientific secret, but you can wander through its ancient peers and perhaps the tree itself on a 4.5-mile hike. through the Ancient Briscolon Park in the Inyo National Park.

Whether one stumbles upon the ancient or not, this olive grove full of pines – much older than the Egyptian pyramids, clinging to the wild mountains that sprang from the desert – inspires nothing less.

ANIMALS ANIMALS: About 15,000 years

The volcanic sponges of Antarctica, Anoxcalyx joubini.

The volcanic sponges of Antarctica, Anoxcalyx joubini.

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The sponges of the Antarctic volcano, Anoxycalyx joubini, are white cups that look like giant beer barrels or tiny volcanoes. They walk around the cold waters around McMurdo Sound and their estimated age is based on the clean size of the sponges, which grow only a small piece each year.

These thrive at depths of 50 to 500 feet, deep-seated conquerors sharing with other strange creatures, such as tiny crustaceans and wiggly worms that live in sponges and ankle packs of twinkling stars at 2 p.m.

Only the most dedicated divers can explore this realm. Thanks to extreme oceans, such as Polar Trec, they can – enjoy, after drilling on ice, some of the best underwater visibility in the world.

FOREST FOREST: About 80,000 years

The Flying Utah Giant consists of nearly 50,000 weeds, but the entire Populus tremuloides grove is genetically identical and shares a single root system, making it technically a single organism.

This clonal colony of a single male is also known as Pando, Latin for "I Spread Out", which is sure to cover more than 100 acres.

The leaves of a moving ankle make a very wing in the mildest wind. Listen to the resounding impact of tens of thousands of times like you do overnight, right in the heart of Pando, at a campground in Fishlake National Forest.

THALASSIAS DASOS: About 200,000 years

A huge meadow of ten miles near Spain is classified as the oldest known organism on Earth, according to geneticists.

Posidonia oceanica, known as Poseidon grass, is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. But a patch near the island of Formentera, self-cloned like Pando, stands out for its age, estimated at 200,000 years.

Fortunately, the island, the smallest in the Spanish Balearic Islands, does not have the crowds of nearby Ibiza, from where the ship arrives in Formentera. In addition to the adventure of diving or swimming with a respirator in the ancient marine forest, you can explore the picturesque lighthouse and the caves of the island.

Richard Stenger, a former senior scientist at CNN.com, is currently traveling in the physical and virtual world from his headquarters in Northern California, where he serves as head of marketing for RedwoodCoastParks.com.