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The animal appearing on the cover of Java in a Nutshell, Third Edition, is a Javan tiger. It is the smallest of the eight subspecies of tiger, and has the longest cheek whiskers, forming a short mane across the neck. The encroachment of the growing human population, along with increases in poaching, led to the near-extinction of the Javan tiger. The Indonesian government has become involved in trying to preserve the tiger. It is to be hoped that the remaining subspecies of tiger will be helped by increasing awareness and stricter protections.

Tigers are the largest of all cats, weighing up to 660 pounds and with a body length of up to 9 feet. They are solitary animals, and, unlike lions, hunt alone. Tigers prefer large prey, such as wild pigs, cattle, or deer. Tigers rarely attack humans, although attacks on humans have increased as the increasing human population more frequently comes into contact with tigers. Tiger attacks usually occur when the tiger feels that it or its young are being threatened. In such cases, the tiger almost never eats its human victim. There are some tigers, however, who have developed a taste for human flesh. This is a particularly bad problem in an area of India and Bangladesh called the Sunderbans.

Mary Anne Weeks Mayo was the production editor and copyeditor for Java in a Nutshell, Third Edition; Ellie Cutler, Maureen Dempsey, and Jane Ellin provided quality control, and Ellie Fountain Maden proofread the book. Anna Kim Snow provided production assistance. Lenny Muellner and Chris Maden provided SGML support. Ellen Troutman Zaig and Brenda Miller wrote the index.

Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive.

Kathleen Wilson produced the cover layout with Quark XPress 3.3 using Adobe's ITC Garamond font. The interior layouts were designed by Edie Freedman and Nancy Priest, with modifications by Alicia Cech, and Lenny Muellner implemented the layout in gtroff. Interior fonts are Adobe ITC Garamond and Adobe ITC Franklin Gothic. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano and Rhon Porter using Macromedia FreeHand 8 and Adobe Photoshop 5. This colophon was written by Clairemarie Fisher O'Leary.

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