Five Freedoms Animal Rescue Five Freedoms Animal Rescue


Phone: 03 5424 1174

Mobile: 0438 681 501

About Five Freedoms Animal Rescue



Manfred Zabinskas: Owner / Operator of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue.

My background includes 25 years experience as a Design and Industrial Engineer that involved:

  • Project Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Risk Assessment and Occupational Health and Safety


While engaged as a professional engineer, I completed a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management) and began to focus on animal welfare. I operate a licensed Wildlife Shelter and have vast experience in the rescue, care and rehabilitation of many wildlife species and am considered one of Victoria's leading animal rescuers and trainers in this field.

In 2005, I received the Herald-Sun 'Pride of Australia' Medal for my efforts in wildlife rescue and contribution to animal welfare, and was invited to run in the 2006 Commonwealth Games Baton Relay.

I began operating my commercial business in 2007 called Five Freedoms Animal Rescue to provide humane management of animals that are in conflict with humans in their homes, on public land or on major construction and land development sites. Whether removing snakes, excluding possums from buildings or tranquillising large and dangerous animals, a safe and successful capture and the wellbeing of the animal is the driving force of my business.

Manfred's Qualifications, Special Training and Licences

  • Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management)
  • Certificate IV in training and assessment
  • Wildlife Husbandry & Rehabilitation Course, Victoria University


  • WorkSafe OHS Construction Induction
  • Safe use of tranquilliser darts, dart apparatus and drug handling, Ecoplan Australia P/L
  • Firearm Safety Accreditation, including Tranquilliser Guns (National)
  • Tree Climbing Accreditation (National)
  • Reptile and Venomous Snake Control Accreditation (National)
  • Senior First Aid Level 2


  • Commercial Wildlife (Controller Type 1) Licence
  • Wildlife Shelter Permit (DSE Authorisation No. 1307 4458)
  • Gun Licence Category A & B Longarm, Victoria
  • Gun Licence Category C, Victoria (tranquilliser)
  • Firearms Permit (Tranquilliser Firearms), NSW


  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance

Copies of Certificates of Currency for insurance policies are available upon request