The board of the Thompson Park Zoo is in cost containment mode as it struggles to hire top staffing including a director. The privately run menagerie has been in place since the 80s when it was formed as successor to the municipal zoo which was closed for various reasons including the city's inability or unwillingness to run it properly.
Like anything run by a private board I suspect a lot depends on the committment, ability and enthusiasm of board members in place at any time as well as the demand for the product.
It sounds like there will be a request for more public stipend, yet the lack of staff and direction also must be hurting the ability to draw visitors.
There are two privately run operations in Thompson Park. The Zoo and a golf course. Both seem to have their challenges but are still in operation and are assets that sooner or later will have to be addressed by the Park's owner