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  Coffee demand may kill endangered animals
Updated 27 April 2003, 15.40
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Rhinos, elephants and tigers could be dying because we are demanding too much coffee.

So much robusta coffee - the instant type in jars - is being produced, that more and more forests are being cleared to make way for coffee plantations.

Problem is, the land in Indonesia where most coffee beans are grown is home to the world's most endangered animals.

Between 1996 and 2001, 28% more land was cleared to make way for coffee growing, says a report by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Experts say numbers of tigers, rhinos and elephants are dropping fast because they are losing so much of their habitat as a result.

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The main coffee area, Lampung, is next to a big national park where lots of endangered animals live.

But Indonesia wants to grow even more coffee there. Now experts want the coffee growing to be monitored and controlled by an overall organisation.

Coffee is the second biggest export from developing countries after oil with the US being one of the biggest buyers of it in the world.

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