Ing. Jerguš Tesák has been in close contact with the beautiful nature of Muránska planina National Park since childhood. He had a wish to learn more about the secrets of nature, which drove him to 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 ecosystems – 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 has spent a lot of time in the 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 become 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 the central part of Slovakia as a part of research team focused on large carnivores. Hand in hand with this he started to become 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 a wide spectrum of ecosystem services, including the opportunity for people to observe and enjoy this wild land. To more learnt about his vision, please read: Muránska planina in 21st century