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Malabar Scrub Sanctuary, Brevard County EEL Program

Malabar Scrub Sanctuary

Malabar Scrub Sanctuary Brevard County EEL ProgramFuture home of the South Region Management and Education Center, the variety of habitats found on the 395-acre Malabar Scrub Sanctuary make it an ideal place for visitors to learn how wetland and upland communities interact. The protected habitats include xeric (dry) hammock, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, pine flatwoods, sand pine scrub, ponds, sloughs, and depression marshes. Trails weave through many of these natural communities, including several areas recently treated with prescribed fires. Fire is a natural factor in many of Florida’s ecosystems, and hikers will be amazed at the lush, green regrowth in areas that were burned only a short time ago. The sanctuary is a refuge for the Florida scrub-jay, gopher tortoise, and Eastern indigo snake. All these species benefit from controlled burns. Restrooms are available at the adjacent Malabar Community Park.

Size: 395 acres

Habitats: Xeric (dry) hammock, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, pine flatwoods, sand pine scrub, ponds, sloughs, and depression marshes

Wildlife:Gopher tortoise, river otter, bobcat. Listed in State of Florida Great Florida Birding Trail for Florida scrub-jay, great horned owl, migratory songbirds, pileated woodpecker, sandhill crane, sparrow, Eastern towee

ADA Access: A paved road into the Sanctuary is located adjacent to main entrance trailhead

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Malabar Scrub Sanctuary

South Management Region
Land Manager: Chris O'Hara
Phone: 321-255-4466

1501 Malabar Woods Boulevard
Malabar, FL 32950

October - April: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
May - September: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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