The three animals were all orphaned in Montana until wildlife officials rescued them and brought them to the Bronx Zoo back in 2013. Amber and Luna's mother was illegally shot while Treena's was euthanized by officials after repeatedly entering residential areas looking for food. As the cubs were too young to survive on their own, they could not be released and were instead taken to New York.
"The bears have settled in and are wonderful additions to the Central Park Zoo," said Craig Piper, director of the Wildlife Conservation Society City Zoos, in an official statement about the move. "As ambassadors for their wild cousins, their story will help people understand specific ways safely coexist with wildlife and reduce human-bear conflict, whether with grizzly bears in the West or black bears in our own back yard."
The trio joins six other bears at New York zoos, three in Central Park and another three in the Bronx. "While all the bears that came [to the system] did so under different circumstances, they share a common story of situations that resulted from a series of negative interactions with people," reads an official press release.
According to the staff, the bears have adapted to their new surroundings pretty quickly and can already be seen digging in the dirt, wading in the stream and climbing on the rocks within the area they now call home.
Clearly, walking around the zoo has now officially become one of the best things to do in Central Park.