ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The St. Louis Zoo is withdrawing its offer to purchase Grant’s Farm. The zoo says it does not want to be a party to causing a split within the Busch family, and strongly believe they need consensus from that family to move forward with any plans for Grant’s Farm.
“We always said we would do what the people of the region wanted us to do, so we conducted a survey,” said Matthew W. Geekie, President of the St. Louis Zoo Board of Directors.
“The response was loud and clear: the people of our region love the Saint Louis Zoo Association but they would prefer Grant’s Farm stay in the Busch family and that the Zoo focus on ensuring that it remains an affordable, top quality attraction."
The Zoo Association noted that the future ownership of Grant’s Farm will involve protracted litigation and that it is in the best interest of the community, the family and the institution for the Zoo to withdraw its purchase offer.
The Zoo says its next step is to focus on their long-range planning process, including affordable ways to find space needed for animal husbandry, research, and breeding endangered species.
Billy Busch released a statement following the Zoo's announcement.
“We appreciate the Zoo’s position in this matter, and are confident we will be able to collaborate in the future to help Grant’s Farm and our world-class St. Louis Zoo continue serving everyone in the greater St. Louis region and beyond.”