Mark ZajacTitle: Associate Faculty
Department: Social Sciences
Division: Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Organization: Saddleback College
Master of Applied Anthropology, University of Maryland, 2006
B.A., Criminal Justice, Temple University, 2002
Professor Zajac joined the faculty at Saddleback College in 2008. He also teaches at Mt. San Jacinto College and online through the University of Maryland. Professor Zajac is a biological anthropologist who focuses on primate behavior. He currently works part time as a zookeeper at the Santa Ana Zoo, where he cares for many different types of primates, such as gibbons, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, capuchins and tamarins.
While living in Washington, DC, he worked in the primate unit at Smithsonian's National Zoological Park from 2006-2008. During this time he conducted a research project on the reintroduction of a silverback gorilla into his natal group, and went on to present the paper on the reintroduction process at the 2007 American Association of Zoo Keeper's National Conference.
During his time at Smithsonian's National Zoological Park, he also assisted in research projects on western lowland gorillas, orangutans, white-cheeked gibbons and siamangs. As a Master's candidate at the University of Maryland, he conducted research projects on wild and captive howler monkeys.
Professor Zajac's current interests are captive orangutan sociality, new world monkey feeding patterns and reintroduction projects. His current research includes studying mating patterns of orangutans compared to those of humans and other great apes.