Elephants use their trunks and their tusks to protect themselves from predators. They also use loud noises to scare away threats.
Adult elephants have very few predators, except humans, due to their massive size and superior strength. Humans poach the massive animals for their ivory tusks, which are very valuable in some cultures. Young elephants are preyed upon by crocodiles and other larger animals.
Elephants can grow to sizes of 6 tons, which is equal to around 12,000 pounds. Fully grown, they can reach shoulder heights of 12 feet, making them one of the largest animals in the world along with whales.