The good news for 2017 is that the Chinese government is stopping the buying and selling of new ivory. This will kill the poaching of African elephants for the sake of their tusks stone dead. Otherwise, with the present and rising scale of shooting the species would have gone extinct within the next 10 to 15 years.
True, some would have survived in zoos and conservation areas in Europe but they would never have been able to go wild again in Africa. This would have required knowing the few remaining sources of water during severe drought in regions of hundreds of square miles. This was only known to grandmothers of herds and imparted to others only over lifetimes of experience.