We are so looking forward to returning to Ngorongoro Crater to see some big boys like this. One of the reasons old elephants come to Ngorongoro to retire is because of the ever-present water source and foilage that is easy to chew. Elephants replace their teeth and molars six times throughout their life and once their final set of teeth come in, that’s it. Often, an elephant doesn’t die of old age or disease, rather they often die because their teeth have worn out. Ngorongoro crater offers abundant amounts of soft plants for old elephants to consume.