It all started in the Democratic Republic of Congo, when our co-founder Dr Rich was helping protect gorillas with John Kahekwa (that’s him in the picture!), a great friend and gorilla conservation expert.
Despite living through years of armed conflict in a country with widespread poverty, John always remained positive, sharing his love for the gorillas and inspiring others to help keep them safe.
John’s positivity in the face of adversity rubbed off on Rich, and the idea for a fun conservation game was born. Unfortunately, at that time Rich knew nothing about board games, so the first attempt was a bit of a disaster!
But luckily he shared his problems with his great friend Ed, who had spent years playing and designing games, who helped rescue the idea. They worked together for two years designing and testing the game to get the perfect combination of fun and realism that makes Conservation Crisis so great.
Then they created a company, Tunza Games, to fulfil their mission to create great games for a great cause and help make it as fun and easy as possible for people to save their favourite wildlife.
Tunza means ‘we care’ in Swahili, and every game we sell includes a donation to help John and other conservationists like him keep our beloved wildlife safe around the globe.