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The animal on the cover of Windows Server Cookbook is a Chacma baboon (Papio ursinus). The Chacma is commonly referred to as the Savannah Baboon, or even dog-faced monkey due to its close-set eyes, heavy brow, dog-like muzzle, and sharp upper canine teeth. Its two-inch-long canines are larger than those of both lions and leopards, and at a sprint this large baboon can reach speeds of 35-40 miles per hour. The Chacma is also easily distinguishable by its fur, which ranges in color from yellowish-gray to almost black. This species can be found everywhere in Southern Africa except in the dry areas of Namibia, while its close relative the yellow baboon occupies much of the North.

Chacma baboons feed on just about every part of a tree and have a rich diet that includes grasses, seeds, rhizomes, berries, mushrooms, fruit, eggs, small insects, earthworms, birds, lizards, and occasionally scrub hares and baby impalas. Sometimes male Chacmas even kill and eat infants of their own species that are unrelated to them. Baboons are diurnal and are always on the move so they don't strip an environment of its vegetation. When they travel, they move in a specific formation, with the dominant male in the lead, the dominant female behind him, and the ...

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