The biggest challenge faced by the Los Angeles Zoo isn't deciding who should run the place, it's the public's growing intolerance toward keeping animals in cages for entertainment. Given the
entrenched problems at the L.A. Zoo and the millions squandered on a new elephant exhibit that has made little meaningful difference for the elephants, serious thought should be given to transforming this zoo to a private sanctuary for abused, abandoned and neglected exotic animals.
There is an overwhelming need for havens for big cats, elephants, bears, reptiles and other exotic species. The zoo could systematically reinvent itself as a nonprofit shelter to rescue and care for animals in need.