We’re in the middle of a sixth mass extinction, and we’re currently losing animal species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the typical rate.

Animal species all across the globe are on the brink or already gone—and whether a majestic lion or a tiny snail, every single one matters.

We can all help in some way, even by starting with a single change. The first step? Educating ourselves.

As part of the launch of Discovery’s Racing Extinction documentary, premiering Wednesday December 2 at 9/8c, we’ve teamed up to compile an in-depth look at some the trends and timelines, and what we can do to make a difference.

Even at a glance at the graphic below, we can see that the rate of extinctions has grown exponentially in recent centuries, jumping by 8,660% in the last 400 years, to be precise.


Take a look at our full deep-dive at racingextinction.directv.com and be sure to set your DVR for the premiere of Racing Extinction, December 2 at 9/8c on Discovery.