2018 started with the fantastic news that China's ban on ivory trade had kicked in, a huge step that will make a difference for Africa's elephants.  As soon as President Xi made the announcement that this was to occur in 2015, we saw results, from the drop in ivory prices from a high of US$2000/kg to US$500/kg, to an 80% decline in ivory seizures in the country.  All of China's 172 ivory carving factories were closed in December.  Progress!  The fight is not over, but there is evidence of declines in elephant poaching in Kenya and Tanzania in the last year.  The UN has called for a global total ban on ivory trade, with Japan being the last major ivory consuming country yet to join in.