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In the African country of Gabon, the United States military and local guards have joined forces.
Poaching is a major threat to the survival of African forest elephants.
More than 70% have been killed for their ivory.
In Gabon’s national forests, the U.S. military is helping train local guards to fight poaching and to protect the elephants.
Poaching is catching and killing an animal illegally.
It is also taking something, like property, rights or ideas, illegally or unfairly.
And poaching is a method of cooking food in hot liquid.