Animals all over the world are in danger. We pollute their homes and water supply, and we kill them for their hides. The question is. . . . . . . . do we want to save them ?
More Endangered Animals Manatees , which live in the waters around South Florida, have been threatened by hurricanes and violent storms that destroy the delicate balance of the warm waters they live in. (Brian Skerry/National Geographic/Getty Images)
A long-eared jerboa of the zoo of Magdeburg eats an insect in the eastern town of Halle. British scientists have filmed the kangaroolike mammal; they believe it's the first time the jerboa has been caught on tape. The jerboa was deemed one of the world's most endangered mammals by the Zoological Society of London earlier this year.
The pika was named the second cutest endangered animal in North America in a recent World Wildlife Fund. This one is seen at Denali National Park in Alaska. The pika faces extinction as global warming is forcing the animals to move higher up in the mountains, leaving them with fewer housing options.
Six-week-old cheetah cubs cuddle with their mother Tonya as they inspect their enclosure for the first time at the zoo in Hannover, northern Germany, Oct. 31, 2006. The World Conservation Union estimates there are fewer than 10,000 mature breeding cheetahs, making them vulnerable to extinction.
The World Wildlife Fund rates koalas as a lower risk for extinction, as it has lost some of its habitat. This one is sitting in a eucalyptus tree in Queensland, Australia. (Tim Graham/Getty Images)
An endangered Hawaiian monk seal spends a second day napping on a beach near Banzai Pipeline on the north shore of Oahu at Sunset Beach, Hawaii. (Phil Mislinski/Getty Images
The Red Panda is a mostly herbivorous mammal, with bamboo as one of its primary foods. It is slightly larger than a domestic cat. The Red Panda lives in the Himalayas in Bhutan, southern China, India, Laos, Nepal, and Burma. There is an estimated population of less than 2,500 mature individuals. Their population continues to decline due to habitat fragmentation.
The white lion is occasionally found in wildlife reserves in South Africa. White lions are not a separate subspecies and they have never been common in the wild. Regarded as divine by locals, white lions first came to public attention in the 1970s in Chris McBride's book The White Lions of Timbavati