ASA in partnership with Earthrace Conservation is pleased to annonce the deployment of its first tracker dog to the Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica. In 2020 Earthrace Conservation signed a one year agreement with the Costa Rican Government to give support to their current efforts in protecting Marine and terrestrial parks including corcovado. The organisation's centre of operations is based upon its 45 ft vessel the 'Modoc' and workng along side the MINAE, SINAC & GOC units of the government Earthrace has been extremely effective in assisting in the reduction of illegal activities with the Corcovado National Park. In 2019 ASA approached Earthrace offering the assistance of a tracker dog and handler training to help further enhance their current security strategies with the park. The new dog a Belgian Malinois called 'Appa' will have a two fold role. Firstly, to track and if necessary apprehend those committing illegal activities within the park and secondly, in a search and rescue role tasked with locating lost or injured tourists. Appa arrived on the 26th January 2021 and is currently undergoing ten days training with his new handlers before he commences his new wildlife protection role.