The Oklahoma City zoo is back in business.
The zoo has been operating in an operating surplus since December 2015, when the city of Oklahoma City agreed to sell the zoo for $1.9 billion to the private equity firm that owns the building.
But as a result of the city’s decision to sell, the zoo has lost its only two employees and the park’s current management team.
Zoo officials say the loss of its staff and park staff will not have a lasting impact on the zoo’s operations, which were already struggling due to a lack of funds and a lack, as it is now, of volunteers.
But the zoo is facing a major problem, says Jim Miller, executive director of the Oklahoma Zoo Conservation Foundation, which is trying to save the zoo from collapse.
Zoos are supposed to provide a safe and fun environment for people to enjoy their time with other people, and they are supposed, as long as the animals are in good condition, to be able to work and live freely, he said.
But for this park to be successful, the people and the animals have to be healthy, Miller said.
The problem with this zoo is that it’s not in the best shape.
The zoo is not the best place for people who are not very athletic or physically fit, he says.
Miller says it’s hard to tell how much of the zoo will be saved by the sale of the building, because the zoo, in its most recent budget, proposed paying about $5 million to retire a portion of the buildings parking lot.
Miller said the zoo could not afford to pay the full amount, and it is unlikely that the city will be able, given the zoo was already in a surplus, to absorb the loss.
The city has said it will pay the remainder of the remaining parking fee to the zoo and, for the future, to the Oklahoma Wildlife Federation.
But Miller says that the zoo should be able cover the remaining costs, because it has already lost more than $400,000 over the past year, with about $200,000 of that coming from the sale to private equity.
Miller told ABC News that while the zoo did not receive any donations from the city during its initial days, a group of local businesses has pledged to match any donation to the foundation.