Poaching threatens survival of African elephants
Poaching n. 非法狩猎
trade in illegal ivory非法象牙贸易
Aid that helps African nations fight poachers has dried up and the illegal ivory trade has returned to its previous high levels.但是，帮助非洲国家打击偷猎者的援助日益减少，现在非法象牙贸易严重程度已恢复之前的水平。
face an immediate threat to their survival 面对威胁他们生存的迫在眉睫的
seizures ：actions where things are taken by force or with legal authority
confiscation把…充公，没收：The policeman confiscated the robber’s pistol.警察没收了土匪的手枪。
law enforcement 执法机关 We need to restore respect for the law enforcement agencies.我们需要重建对于执法机关的尊重。
Document vt. 用文件证明
transnational adj. 跨国的；超越国界的 We are committed to expand cooperation with China on a range of pressing transnational issues.我们致力于在一系列紧迫的跨国问题上扩大与中国的合作。
The office of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (known as CITES) says rates of elephant poaching and trade in illegal ivory remain very high. In a new report, CITES warns that Africa’s elephants face an immediate threat to their survival because of continued high levels of poaching for their ivory.
Twenty thousand elephants were illegally killed in Africa last year, the report shows. That figure far exceeds the growth rate of the elephant population. In some regions of Africa elephants are threatened with extinction.
The report also documents a clear increase in the number of large seizures -amounts of over 500kg – of ivory in Africa. For the first time there were more such seizures in Africa than in Asia, an indication, the report suggests（插入语）, of the involvement of transnational organised crime in the illegal ivory trade.
And while elephant conservationists do believe that increased ivory confiscation is a sign that law enforcement is improving, they also point out that demand for ivory remains very high, and that even in some of the monitored elephant populations, poaching is actually increasing.