At the Sea Otter Beach Front Eco Tours Resort in Port Alice, British Columbia, visitors are taken on day tours to see area wildlife, including sea otters. Prices start at $500 per person, per night.
4. Harp seal
It's no coincidence that many animals on this list happen to be threatened, vulnerable or endangered species.
Sometimes part of what makes an animal cute -- a wealth of fluff, for example -- is what makes it appealing to commercial enterprises, such as the captive pet industry or fur industry.
Harp seal babies are covered in a downy, snowy white fur and have been traditional targets for the fur industry, valued for their fluffy white pelts.
While the import of products made from these "whitecoat" pelts was banned in Europe in 1983, and commercial whitecoat hunting was banned in Canada in 1987, hundreds of thousands of seals are killed each year regardless.
Ecotour company Natural Habitat Adventures offers harp seal expeditions to the Magdalen Islands, off the coast of Quebec, starting at $4,995.
3. Giant panda
The black and white coloring, fat butt and contemplative way they chew their bamboo: one might never stop listing the qualities that make the giant panda so charming.
The panda's inefficient dining habits -- although it has the digestive system of a carnivore it eats like a herbivore, consuming up to 38 kilos of bamboo in a single day -- make them extremely dependent on their habitat to survive.
According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (whose logo is a stylized panda) there are only about 1,600 pandas left in the wild.
Though sightings aren't guaranteed, Terra Incognita Ecotours runs a 12-day escorted panda expedition for $5,999.
2. Philippine tarsier
As the smallest primate in the world, the arboreal, nocturnal Philippine tarsier has all the basic qualities of cute: enormous eyes set in a tiny body no bigger than a human fist and tiny knobbly paws with which it grasps onto tree branches.
Tarsiers are notoriously unhappy in captivity.
According to the Philippine Tarsier Foundation, each tarsier needs at least a hectare of space, and captive tarsiers have been known to commit suicide by bashing in their own skulls.
While that isn't exactly cute, it does make it fairly obvious that the only chance you'll ethically be able to see a tarsier is in the wild.
The Philippine Tarsier Foundation runs the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in the forest of Corella, Bohol, where tarsiers roam freely.
1. Fennec fox
The fennec fox is a sandy nocturnal desert fox, immortalized in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "The Little Prince" as the fox who wanted to be tamed.
As the smallest of the foxes (smaller than the domestic cat), with oversized ears like pumpkin leaves and tiny pointed faces, the fennec fox looks adorably, temptingly tamable.
Consequently, commercial trapping is the greatest threat to the fennec fox; it's highly sought after in the captive pet trade and often captured and put on display for tourists visiting the area.
For those who'd rather observe this cuddly creature in the wild, there are still fennec foxes in the Sahara and other dry, sandy areas of North Africa, anywhere from Morocco to Egypt.
According to Abdo Shawky of Memphis Tours, an Egypt-based tour company, it's possible to spot fennec foxes on certain tours.
"We have some places like the Western desert. You might see the fox in the natural habitat," says Shawky. "But they always run and hide."