Elephants are classified as having no natural predators in the wild due to their size and tight herds that make it hard for predators to attack. However, calves or baby elephants are susceptible to being preyed upon and stay within the family group for up to three years.
Humans and ecological factors are the biggest threats to elephants. The two recognized species of elephants are the Asian elephant, which is classified as endangered, and the African elephant, which is classified as vulnerable to endangerment. Predators like lions, hyenas tigers and wild dogs tend to only target young, weak or injured elephants.