Source
Scholastic News Online

Scholastic News Online is a free resource with breaking news and highlights from the print magazine.

Available for grades 1-6, Scholastic News magazine brings high-interest current events and nonfiction to millions of classrooms each week.

Additionally, our subscribers have FREE access to Scholastic News Interactive, an exclusive online learning tool featuring digital editions, videos, interactive features, differentiated articles, and much more.


Tallon Nightwalker Tallon, shown above with a bobcat, wants to inspire people to help protect animals. (Courtesy Tallon Nightwalker)

A 16-Year-Old’s Animal Kingdom

A Colorado teen wants to photograph himself with every animal on Earth

By Jennifer Marino Walters | December 7 , 2012
<p>Tallon began his project when he was 5 years old. (Courtesy Tallon Nightwalker)</p>

Tallon began his project when he was 5 years old. (Courtesy Tallon Nightwalker)

Tallon Nightwalker is on a mission. The 16-year-old animal lover from Fort Collins, Colorado, wants to be photographed with every species of mammal, bird, reptile, and amphibian on Earth. So far, he’s on the right track: Tallon has photos with 840 species and counting.

The project started when Tallon was 5 and began volunteering at the wildlife rehabilitation center where his dad works. His father realized he didn’t have photos of the many animals he worked with, so he snapped a photo of Tallon with a bull snake. The project took off from there.

Now Tallon has photos with a camel, a spider monkey, a cockatoo, a black bear, and all sorts of other creatures. He has held boa constrictors, kissed a wolf, and crouched down in front of a pool of crocodiles. He has photos with extremely rare animals, including an okapi and a Wyoming toad, which is nearly extinct in the wild. In his favorite photo, a bobcat sits on his shoulders.

PROTECTING ANIMALS

Tallon’s photo project is meant to inspire people to help protect animals, some of which could disappear in his lifetime.

“I hope to help spread the idea of conservation for wildlife and to promote the importance of biodiversity,” Tallon says. “Animals are individuals. They’re just as important as me or you.”

Tallon shares his photos on his Facebook page, with a description of each animal. He also notes whether the creature is endangered.

Tallon and his dad follow certain rules when taking the photos. No barrier can exist between Tallon and the animal. Tallon can be holding the animal or standing next to someone who is holding it, or it can be behind or in front of Tallon. The animal must also be alive.

Most of Tallon’s photos have been taken at zoos, aquariums, and wildlife sanctuaries in Colorado, where staff members can make sure he is safe. Many were taken at the wildlife rehabilitation center where he still volunteers. Some, such as a photo with a moose, were snapped in the wild, where Tallon keeps a safe distance from the animals. He and his dad have traveled out of Colorado for photos twice, once to California and once to South Dakota.

Tallon intends to one day open his own wildlife rehabilitation center. He also plans to continue his photo project for a long time, with the hopes of saving some of the animals he meets.

“I don’t know how long it will take to get photos of all [the species], but I plan to do it until I get old,” Tallon says. “Every animal is unique. Every animal deserves to be protected.”

  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    ReadAbout: Content Area Library A Grades 3–6

    ReadAbout: Content Area Library A Grades 3–6

    ReadAbout Content Area Libraries are an important tool in the transition from lower-elementary fiction reading skills to upper-grade nonfiction reading skills. With ReadAbout Content Area Libraries, students in Grades 3–8 will learn something new every day with authentic nonfiction tradebooks that are jam-packed with information. Perfect for whole-class instruction or independent reading, all titles are carefully leveled according to the Lexile Framework® for Reading.

    ReadAbout: Content Area Library A includes:
    • Leveled Nonfiction Titles
    • 46 titles; 2 copies each
    • Professional Guide
    • Teacher Resource CD
    • Storage Bins

    Titles:
    • Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride
    • Animal Masterminds
    • Avalanche!
    • Balto: The Dog Who Saved Nome
    • Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares
    • California Gold Rush
    • Cool Science Jobs
    • Earth's Caretakers
    • Everest: The Contest
    • George Washington and the General's Dog
    • Getting Physical
    • A Good Night for Freedom
    • High Interest Books — Architectural Wonders: The Chunnel
    • High Interest Books: What If We Lived on Another Planet?
    • Hip-Hop Heroes
    • A Home in the Swamp
    • Hurricane!
    • Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo: I Hate Rules!
    • Lion Dancer
    • Louis Braille
    • The Magic School Bus® Explores the Senses
    • Mapman Travels the Globe
    • Martin's Big Words
    • Nory Ryan's Song
    • Phoebe the Spy
    • Rap a Tap Tap
    • Rookie Read-About® Science — Space Science: Living on a Space Shuttle
    • Scholastic News Readers™ — Biographies: Jane Goodall
    • Scholastic News Readers™ — Biographies: Wright Brothers
    • Science at the Circus
    • The Sense of Sight
    • Somos Latinos (We Are Latinos): Mi Escuela
    • Speedy Facts: Hurricanes Have Eyes But Can't See
    • Tails Tell Tales
    • A True Book™ — American Indians: The Aztec
    • A True Book™ — Animals: Manatees
    • A True Book™ — Science Experiments: Experiments With Magnets
    • True Tales — Exploration and Discovery: Polar Adventures
    • True Tales: Animal Rescuers
    • Usborne: The Great Dinosaur Search
    • Watery Worlds
    • We Eat Bugs!
    • Wild About Animals: Growl!
    • World Discovery History Reader: First American Colonies
    • World Discovery Science Reader: Owls, Bats, Wolves
    • The World on Your Plate


    Visit the ReadAbout: Content Area Libraries website for more information.

    $399.00 You save: 25%
    Paperback Book Collection | Grades 3-5
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    ReadAbout: Content Area Library A Grades 3–6
    Grades 3-5 $399.00
    Add To Cart
  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    The Tuskegee Airmen

    The Tuskegee Airmen

    by Linda and Charles George

    Patriots and heroes, these African-American pilots fought two wars -- segregation and discrimination at home and then World War II. Their exploits helped fire the Civil Rights Movement two decades later and inspired several movies including George Lucas' new film, 'Red Tails,' starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard. Full-color and black-and-white photographs and engravings.

    $21.00
    Hardcover Book | Grades 4-6
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    The Tuskegee Airmen
    Grades 4-6 $21.00
    Add To Cart
Privacy Policy
EMAIL THIS

* YOUR FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S EMAIL ADDRESS

MESSAGE
Here's something interesting from Scholastic.com