The controversial Guzoo near Three Hills reopened this week for the summer, and owners are complaining new conditions are bad for business.
Late last year the province announced it was indefinitely postponing a judicial review of the private zoo.
The zoo is allowed to operate but has to follow a long list of court ordered conditions.
Now Guzoo operators say those conditions are hurting business.
One of the conditions restricts Guzoo from bringing animals on or taking animals off the property without permission.
Co-owner Bill Gustafson says in the past Guzoo could provide feed for its big carnivores, for instance, when a farmer's horse died, but now isn’t allowed to do so.
"We can't do anything without their say so. And some things you need right away it can take three or four days to get their say so on it."
Gustafson says Guzoo did get permission to buy 500 chickens in the winter but they are still having to kill more of their own small animals than usual to feed the big ones.
Devon McDonald is with the Council of Concerned Albertans for Animal Welfare and Public Safety.
"I think he's kind of fishing for sympathy there. He has alternatives, like any other zoo in the province, to purchase food from approved locations rather than bringing in roadkill," she said.
And while Gustafson says they are keeping up the fight to have some of the restrictions lifted, McDonald says her group is still pushing for its closure, this time hoping to push Guzoo onto the election agenda.
The government isn't saying why it has indefinitely postponed a court review of the zoo.