The savanna bushveld is a delicate ecosystem, relying on a specific set of factors to maintain balance. Disruption to this natural balance causes a domino effect where the impacts of change are felt throughout the system. Previous practices of grazing and cultivation of crops in the Timbavati area caused a disruption to the natural balance which is still being felt, 50 years after the land was reclaimed for conservation. Ongoing efforts are required to ensure that the land, now home to over 40 species of mammal and 360 species of birds, will maintain its current healthy state. All biological data is captured into a GIS system to allow for statistical analysis, to assist research projects and the effective management of the Reserve.