The park Is small by African standards, just 26 square miles, but Is home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, hyraxes, African buffalos, gazelles, hyenas, and baboons. It's also home to over 103 species of birds, including the rare lammergeyer vulture.
The park Is also popular among tourists for biking, hiking, motorcycling, and even camping. The Maasai Cultural Center is also located in the park and provides educational programs related to the Maasai tribe's culture and traditions.
The park has also been seen on film by hundreds of millions as It was memorialized In the original The Lion King, The canyon which was the scene of Mufasa's tragic demise was based on the slot canyon located in Hell's Gate, and the hot springs were depicted as well. In 2003, Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life was shot in the park.
Those same hot springs provide geothermal power through five geothermal stations located In the park. In 2015, two years before the last two stations came online, steam from the hot springs and geysers under the park generated 47% of Kenya's power.