“ I have found Mike to be extremely professional and knowledgeable in the various methods of wildlife capture including net gunning, chemical capture and mass capture. Although the assistants he had locally did not speak English, Mike was able to quickly communicate with them, organize them and get the job done, in a timely and professional manner. He is by far the best capture pilot I have worked with.”
– Jose Ernesto Zazueta, Mundo Zafari, Culiacan, Sinaloa, MEXICO
“There are very few game capture pilots around who have hands on experience in game capture both on the ground and in the air. As a result, Mike is at all times “in touch” with the ground team, the animals to be captured and the machine he is flying, making game capture work with him a pleasure. He has a pleasant personality, a well-balanced temperament and never allows his ego to interfere with his work by putting safety of this capture team and/or the animas to be captured at risk. I can, without reservation, recommend Mike Ross as a highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced game capture pilot who will be an asset in any game capture operation.”
– Dr. Ulf H. Tubbesing, Super Game Dealers, Windhoek, NAMIBIA
Mike’s ability to read and judge animals make him an asset to any capture operation because he is so proficient both on the ground and in the air. He is very conscious about minimizing stress in animals and this way of thinking goes a long way in the wildlife capture industry both ethically and financially. Mike is very much a leader and is, without a doubt, someone I would want helping me capture any animal species. I highly recommend his flying and capture abilities to any capture team, organization or wildlife department.
Sven Bruss, Shemungwe Game Capture, Greytown, SOUTH AFRICA
I have known Mr Ross for the past ten years. He as assisted me with some of our research on terrestrial mammals, in particular assisting with the capture of the highly endangered Oribi antelope as part of our research here in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Mr Ross has extensive experience with capturing a range of wildlife in Southern Africa. I highly recommend Mr Ross as a wildlife capture expert and helicopter pilot.
Professor Colleen T Downs, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, SOUTH AFRICA.
Mike has repeatedly demonstrated good knowledge of animal behavior and animal handling on the ground and in the air. Added to this, is his “safety first” approach to flying. He is extremely knowledgeable regarding all capture methods on the ground and in the air including, net gunning, boma/mass capture and chemical capture. Not only is Mike well versed in wildlife capture, but he is also a pleasure to work with. He is also punctual, patient, safety conscious, ethical in his approach to work, even under stressful conditions. I would confidently recommend Mike Ross for any wildlife capture and helicopter needs you may have.
Mick Reilly, Head of Conservation and Security, Big Game Parks, SWAZILAND