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The animal on the cover of Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell is a Siberian tiger. The Siberian tiger is the largest member of the cat family, including lions. A male averages 7 to 9 feet in length, and it usually weighs about 500 pounds. A female weighs slightly less, averaging about 300 pounds. This animal is native to Siberia and parts of China. Its fur color ranges from yellow to orange, with black stripes, although a few white tigers with black stripes have been spotted. The fur is long and thick, to help the animal survive its native cold climates. An interesting fact about tiger stripes is that the pattern of each tiger's stripes is unique to that tiger. Therefore, stripes are a useful tool for identifying different tigers.
The Siberian tiger is endangered. Although there are about 1,000 living in captivity, only about 200 to 300 live in the wild. This is partly due to industrial encroachment on its natural habitat, limiting the tiger's hunting resources. Poaching is also a serious problem; in some areas of the world, tiger parts are thought to have great medicinal value, so these parts bring great financial gain to sellers.
Philip Dangler was the production editor, and Linley Dolby was the copyeditor for Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell ...