Tropic Animal Rehabiliation Centre (TARC)

Formerly Wildlife Habitat Care Centre, the new non-profit Tropical Animal Rehabilitation Centre (TARC) was established in 2018 with the support of the Walter and Eileen Leder Foundation and The CaPTA group’s Woodward Family. The goal of this facility is to provide the best possible care to displaced, injured, sick or orphaned native Australian wildlife, whilst continuing involvement in conservation programs and research. This facility relies solely on donations for its operation.

Wildlife Habitat responds to quite a large number of different wildlife requests – from an echidna puggle stuck in an outside bathtub or rescued wallaby joeys found after their mothers have been hit by cars.

Animals requiring veterinary treatment are sent for specialist care, as are some particular species with unique individual care needs. Many displaced young chicks and marsupials are raised here on site and released back into the area they were originally found.

The cost of running the Tropical Animal Rehabilitation Centre including wages, food, medication, transport and veterinary care costs us in excess of $50,000 per year. This is a service the Wildlife Habitat offers to the community without any additional funding from government or the like.

Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat - Musky rat kangaroo

About The Benefactors

Benefactors Walter and Eileen Leder were a Swiss couple of considerable fortune. Walter was a dentist and Eileen, a well-known actress, particularly in  her birthplace of  Germany. Their marriage of 50 years left them without children, living an almost reclusive lifestyle in Thalwil, near Zurich. Both enthusiastic collectors and patrons of the arts, they were also dedicated to the protection and welfare of animals. Eileen was a passionate horse rider and always surrounded by numerous rescue cats and dogs she looked after at their home, caring for them in order to provide them a second chance in life. The couple were guided by the thought that while in wealthy Switzerland most people are socially secure and well looked after in crisis not enough was done for the protection of animals an their habitats.  Hence in their will they donated their entire fortune to a foundation which was to be set up in their name after their deaths. Walter died in 2003, while Eileen survived him for 10 years, passing in 2013

It took quite some time to establish the foundation, sell,  and then reinvest the extensive assets in order to achieve sustainability for the foundation. The Water and Eileen Leder Stiftung (foundation) was eventually founded in 2016 with the purpose of protection of animals, species protection and wildlife conservation all over the world. The Tropical Animal Rehabilitation Care Centre (TARC) is one of the first projects to receive support from the foundation.

Current TARC Projects

tarc patient of the month


Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat - Crocodile brought into care at Wildlife Care Centre in Port Douglas

Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat - Varied Triller receiving treatment at Wildlife Habitat Care Centre

baby sugar gliders at wildlife habitat port douglas care centre