In the wild, elephants are cautious creatures that are easily spooked. Even in zoos, elephants have a reputation for acting unpredictably and breaking out of their enclosures. What exactly are elephants afraid of? Do they have any natural predators? Are there any animals that enjoy preying on them?
Because of their size, there aren’t many animals that pose a threat to elephants. Adult elephants can be targeted by large predators such as lions, tigers, and crocodiles. However, these attacks are extremely rare since adult elephants tend to live alone or in small groups which makes it difficult for hunters to find them.
When an elephant is young, it is much more vulnerable to attacks from other species.