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.
Meet Our Co-Founders
During the day he earns his rent money working as a structural engineer and project manager in the offshore wind energy sector. After dark, he enjoys miniature wargames and euro style board games. When time allows he likes to get out of the city and enjoy nature up close, hiking across hills and mountains. He wishes Rich would use a bit less Latin and is also very glad Rich can't sing...
Dr Rich is a conservation expert with a PhD from the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and Conservation, King's College London. He loves wildlife, cricket and all sorts of card and board games. He loves being outdoors in the UK or on safari in Africa, and the Skeleton Coast is high on his list of places to visit next. He wishes he could sing, so he could record his own version of The Lion King.