Guardians of Wildlife - Europe

Zoos concern themselves not only with attractive exotic species but also with the animals on our own doorstep. Cologne’s zoo director, Theo Pagel, wants to discover whether protection projects supported by zoos really are successful.

Director: Herbert Ostwald

Filmmaker Herbert Ostwald was born 1960 in Berlin (Germany). After studying biology he decided to start journalism. He worked as a radio reporter, as an editor at an daily newspaper and wrote a book about scientific treasure rooms in Berlin. Since 1995 Ostwald creates small and long films almost about the relationship of men, nature, culture and mythology on a national and international level. "I din't want to repeat boring stories about biology of animals. There is more interesting background in relationship between people and animals." So he kept an eye on bizarre and funny stories about men and wildlife. In 1997 Ostwald was participant of the "Wildlife Filmmaking school" in Sweden. 2002 he took part in "Discovery Campus Masterschool" in Europe. For his films he got awards in USA, Germany, Poland and Slovakia. Numerous documentaries have been nominated in film competitions all over the world.

45 Min.
Director: Herbert Ostwald
Author: Herbert Ostwald
Camera: Erik Sick
Editing: Isabelle Albert
Music: Stefan Döring
Speaker: Gregor Höppner
Editor: Gabriele Conze/WDR in Zusammenarbeit mit Arte
Producer: Längengrad Filmproduktion GmbH