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Billy Busch Announces his Plan for Grant's Farm

Katherine Johnson

Anheuser-Busch heir and Kraftig Beer founder William K. "Billy" Busch has unveiled his plan to revitalize Grant's Farm and keep the sprawling attraction in the family, despite his siblings' desire to sell it to the St. Louis Zoo.

Busch's proposal, announced Wednesday, would maintain Grant's Farm as a tourist attraction. It would add a new pavilion, exhibits and life-sized bronze statues of his parents. It would also keep the attraction free and open year-round, rather than closing November through March.

In November, the St. Louis Zoo Association said it was approached by Busch family members about buying Grant's Farm. But the association's president says the family differences must be resolved first.

Zoo leaders would use the land for a third campus and for an extensive breeding site for endangered animals.

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