My name is Abraham Szép, I was born in Transylvania (Romania) in 1975 in Saint George city. One of the defining experiences of my childhood was spending my school holidays with my grandparents in Vargyas village, when I came close to the pets of my farmer relatives. The village is located in the "Erdövidék" (Forest) micro - region of Eastern-Transylvania where the most famous Hungarian fairy tale writter "our nation's Grandfather" Elek Benedek was born. In the mountains, the animals are driven up to summer pasture, so I got to know the shepherds everyday life and the conflicts with predators. For me it turned out to be a very interesting, exciting and inexhaustible topic.
In 1990, I moved to Hungary with my parents. I had became Kuvasz owner since 1992 and started breeding in 2007. In 2003, I completed the a gamekeeper & game breeder school, and in 2009 I graduated as a wildlife conservation & management engineer at St. István University in Gödöllő. The title of my thesis is "Defending livestock with Shepherd Dogs in Szeklerland-Transylvania against Carpathian Gray Wolves' attacks". I worked as gamekeeper for more than 4 years and bred for several years sheep and goats together with kuvasz dogs, to assessing how they are adapting to each other. Of course, due to my profession, I have been following with interrest the number of large carnivores in Hungary, the population, the dynamics of the population and the scientific evidence of their reproduction.
ABOUT THE KUVASZ Őr (GUARD) PROGRAM
„It has to be stated clearly that large predators are not to be toyed with, they can easily become dangerous for humans. Nevertheless, it is my strong conviction that we haven't got any permission, not even from God to exterminate them. Predators are essential and key species in the wilderness”
Ábrahám Szép, widlife conservation & management engineer
I. PREDATOR CONSERVATION
ABOUT THE KUVASZ Őr (GUARD) Foundation
From 5th of December 2019, the Program works within the frame of the established Kuvasz Guard Foundation, with the original principal objectives of protecting predators and restoring the original livestock guardian role of kuvaszok in order to:
- look for new potential farmers who may be able to keep kuvaszok along with farm animals.
- will strive to establish good relations with the three national parks with high presence in Northern Hungary: Bükk, Aggtelek and Danube-Ipoly National Parks, WWF Hungary and the Ministry of Agriculture
- concludes an agreement with the Hungarian Kuvasz Breeding Association (MKFE) on the reintroduction of the kuvasz to its original livestock guardian function. This agreement still exists between the Kuvasz Guard Program and MKFE.