I agree that current is likely to be ambiguous, unless as John Lawler says you have been very careful to fix your time references. You might, for instance, rewrite thus:
I did not at that time think the zoo would attract visitors in its current state.
Then may be used as an adjective, and in its then state is established idiom, at least in formal and semi-formal registers: here are some contemporary samples, courtesy of Google:
Lambert saw that if the Upton was defended it would be impossible to carry it in its then state. - Wikipedia
“At that point,” says Smith, “we expressed our dissatisfaction with the software in its then state and presented what we needed. -School Planning and Management
It was clearly unacceptable to present Diana's body to her family and the President of France in its then state. - Wikipedia
Fredericia was considered indefensible in its then state of repair, and for that reason artillery and all other usable materiel were hastily evacuated to Funen. - walledtowns.com
If you want something a little more colloquial, in the state it was in then (or then in) works.