The Bavarian short-eared mouse


It is the pursuit of Germany’s rarest animal species, a race against time and against the extinction of the Bavarian short-eared mouse. A team of researchers is looking for the rodents in the wild. The almost 90-year-old discoverer of the species supports his young colleagues on their expeditions into wonderful Alpine landscapes – the expertise and intuition of the “old hand” are invaluable for the success of the mouse hunt. Herbert Ostwald’s film shows: Species extinction doesn’t just happen in exotic primeval forests and savannahs, but right on our doorstep – often unnoticed. And even if it’s not about tigers or elephants, the team of biologists take their job just as seriously.



A film by Herbert Ostwald // Camera: Erik Sick // Editor: Isabelle Albert // Music: Mark Joggerst // Sound: Ralf Gromann// Sound mixing: Alexander Weuffen // Grading: Dany Schelby // Sound editing: Mathis Hohmann // Narrator: Sandra Gerling // Production assistance: Julia Wittler, Alican Tamkan // Production manager: Marta Herrmann // head of Production: Katja Sträter, // Executive Producers: Thomas Weidenbach, Sarah Zierul // Commissioning editors: Ulrike Lovett (BR), Katja Ferwagner (BR-Arte) // Head of commissioning editors: Christine Peters


Produced by Längengrad Filmproduktion on commission from BR in cooperation with Arte.





  • YEAR 2023
  • LENGTH 43 minutes