In the early hours of a Saturday morning in the zoo’s animal sanctuary in the city of Nairobi, a group of tourists have gathered.
For a moment, they seem to be having a blast.
The lights in the conservatory are lit up, the sound of a flute fills the air and the crowds are singing.
“It’s great to see the crowds come and it’s wonderful to see them sing,” says Dr. Shana Njoka, one of the conservators.
“We’ve got to make sure that they don’t come in the middle of the night.
It’s dangerous to do that.”
The conservators are not the only ones who are having a good time.
The animals that are being cared for at the zoo are being fed a special diet that includes insects, frogs and birds.
The food is donated by the National Wildlife Fund (NWF), a US-based non-profit group that has been running the zoo since it was founded in 2005.
The group has brought over 600,000 animals to Kenya over the past seven years.
The conservatory is also home to a collection of more than 200,000 live and dead kangaroos.
There are also a handful of penguins and dolphins.
“I’ve got some penguins in my enclosure,” Njaka says, gesturing towards one of her penguins, “and a little girl in my cage, too.
I like to keep them around because they love to play.
I don’t want them to be scared.
That’s why I brought them in.”
Njokas father is also a conservator.
His son is also at the conservatories, and they have both helped out with their daily chores.
“He is really passionate about conserving the animals,” Njaoka says.
“And he’s doing really well, too.”
Njaokas husband is also conservator, and his father is an assistant conservator at the animal park.
“They’ve helped me out a lot, and we have the same passion,” Njason says.
When the conservers arrive at the enclosure, they bring the animals back to their enclosure.
“The only thing they do is clean and they clean their own enclosure,” says Njaoko.
“But the animals are always clean,” she adds.
“If you put a dog in there, it’s not safe.
They have to be cleaned daily.”
Nijaoka says she is grateful that the animals in the animal sanctuary have not been put to any stress.
“My husband’s really happy with them, and the penguins are happy too,” she says.
Njoki says her husband and her son are “very happy” and that “they are doing really good”.
“They are just getting used to their new surroundings,” she continues.
Njako’s son, meanwhile, has been given the nickname “Jumbo” by the conservator and is now taking turns taking care of the animals.
“Jumping on a penguin is a very exciting activity,” he says.
But while he enjoys playing with the penguin, he also wants to help the zoo with their conservation work.
“There’s a lot of pressure on us, but it’s just something I can do,” he tells Al Jazeera.
“When I come back, I will be working on a big project.”
Njasona says she believes her husband will be able to “help a lot” in the future, and that her husband’s “positive attitude” will help with the conservations.
“She’s so focused on the animals, and I think she’s happy,” she notes.
“Maybe this will help him focus a little bit more on his work.”
Al Jazeera spoke to Njaogo to find out more about how her husband manages to keep the animals happy.