Support for the Oriental storks
50 years ago, the breeding population of storks disappeared in Korea due to wide use of a chemical compound commonly known as DDT. The last bird was registered here in 1971. In 1994, with active participation of Yury Darman, who worked in Khingansky Nature Reserve at that time, and later became the director of WWF Russia Amur branch, the joint Russian-Korean project on stork population recovery on Korean Peninsula was launched. The documentary about this rare bird based on the footage from Khingansky Nature Reserve and Muravyovsky Wildlife Refuge was produced, and in 1996 the first two stork chicks were handed over to a specially created national institute for stork restoration in South Korea. After that the birds were brought to Korea from Khabarovsky Province, Russia, and from China and Japan. The offsprings of those birds were released and now 65 storks are breeding in South Korea in the wild.