Rhinoceros iguana at Australia Zoo dubbed world's oldest at 40 years

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Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A 40-year-old rhinoceros iguana at the Australia Zoo has been named the oldest member of its species in the world -- nearly doubling the previous Guinness World Record.

The iguana, named Rhino, was born Feb. 23, 1980, at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney and later came to live at the Australia Zoo, where he has been since 1993.


The previous oldest-known rhinoceros iguana was a wild-born specimen that lived to 22 years, 11 months at the Life Fellowship Bird Sanctuary in Seffner, Fla.

The Australia Zoo tweeted photos of Rhino posing with his Guinness certificate alongside the Irwin family, the zoo's owners.

"He will be turning 41 this year and is such a special part of our #AustraliaZoo family. He celebrated this remarkable honor with his favorite snack, hibiscus flowers!" the zoo tweeted.

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