Muraviovka Park takes in some 15 000 acres of wetland and upland. A remarkable idea by Dr. Sergei Smirenski, Muraviovka was established in 1993. Dr. Smirenski is known the world over as a top ornithologist. When formulating the plans for Muraviovka Park, it was his objective to create a haven for wildlife, including birds, to reside and breed. Dr. Smirenski had the goal in mind of sharing with locals farming practices that would work along with the area's ecology. Within the bounds of Muraviovka Park there are over 200 bird species. Amongst these are the rare Red-crowned cranes, Oriental white storks and White-naped cranes. It is vital that this zone of wetlands be protected as these breeding species are found in high density here. In fact, since it was established the park has seen extensive growth of these rare bird populations. A number of projects regarding sustainable development, conservation and education are tested at Muraviovka Park.