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Ing. Jerguš Tesák since a childhood was in close contact with a beautiful nature of Muránska planina National Park. Wish to learnt more about an interesting secret of nature around drive him to go study at the  Faculty of ecology and environmentalism in Technical university in Zvolen, Slovakia. He was particularly interested in zoology of vertebrates mostly on the rare species connected to forest ecosystem – especially capercaillie.

During this time he cooperated with rangers of Muránska planina National Park and later on he become a zoologist in this park. Since then he spent lot of time in field to observe and monitor the wild populations of protected species, mostly focused on large carnivores and birds of prey. After four years, he decided to be more specialized on carnivores and he made his PhD at the Faculty of Natural Sciences in Mateja Bela University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.

Currently he is working on lynx research in central part of Slovakia as a part of research team focused on large carnivores. Hand in hand he started to be more involved in wildlife observation tourism. His long-term vision is to see the area of Muránska planina National Park as a piece of wilderness offering wide spectrum of ecosystem services including opportunity for people tolerant, observe and enjoy this wild land. To more learnt about his vision can be read here: Muránska planina in 21. century

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Vlado Vancura is the Deputy Chairman and Director of wilderness of the European Wilderness Society and is based in Liptovsky Hradok, Slovakia.

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