Here are seven beautiful endangered species the planet can't afford to lose
The polar bear is mostly found in the Arctic Circle as it can only live in extremely cold environments. Though most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time on the sea ice. There are around 22,000-31,000 polar bears around the world, according to World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Source: Wikimedia Commons
The porpoise is a fully-aquatic marine mammal also known as mereswine. There are now fewer than 100 porpoises around the world. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
The Philippine eagle is also called the monkey-eating eagle or great Philippine eagle. There are around 180 to 600 eagles worldwide. It is critically endangered, which is why killing a Philippine eagle is punishable under that country's law with 12 years in jail and heavy fines. Source: shankar s. | Flickr.
The tiger is the largest cat species found on Earth. They are recognisable by the dark vertical stripes on their orange fur. Their population in the wild is estimated between 3,000 - 4,000, down from around 100,000 at the start of the 20th century. Most tigers now remain in small pockets isolated from each other. Around 2,000 tigers live in India.
The giant panda is native to south-central China. It is among the cutest animals but is, unfortunately, also an endangered species. Only 2,000-3,000 giant pandas are left around the world.
Golden lion tamarin
The golden lion tamarin, aka golden marmoset, is found in the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil. There are an estimated 3,500 of these monkeys in south-eastern Brazil. Sadly, 490 of them are in captivity, including 150 in zoos. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Chimpanzees have become an endangered species, with a worldwide population of somewhere between 170,000 to 300,000 according to WWF. Source: Tambako The Jaguar | Flickr.