A series of flyers of missing thylacines were collected by Takeshi Yamada and the staff of the Museum of World Wonders in the late 1990’s to record the unique pet culture in the Coney Island area of Brooklyn, New York unlike anywhere else on this planet. In the mid 1900s, thylacines were as popular as dogs in Coney Island.
A group of thylacines was first introduced for public display at Dreamland Zoo Coney Island, Brooklyn in 1904. The thylacine was one of the most popular animals on display there. The breeding program of this exotic foreign animal at the amusement park’s zoo was so successful that some of them were sold as pets (by the name of “Tasmanian tiger” or “zebra dog”) to people who visited the amusement park. There were about 20 pet shops that sold thylacines in Brooklyn at one time. This is the reason why so many people in Coney Island, unlike the rest of the United States, had this unusual animal. Unfortunately, the Dreamland Zoo and Dreamland Amusement Park were completely destroyed by the fierce fire of May 26, 1911, which is known as the "Dreamland Fire".