Villagers in Zimbabwe are reported to be working with Chinese poachers to exhume lion skeletons, according to a report in New Zimbabwe.com
Lion bones fetch a high price in Asia as the bones are processed into wine that sells for up to $20,000 a bottle.
Villagers around Hwange National Park, the home of Cecil the Lion who was slain by a trophy hunter earlier this year, exhume lion skeletons that have been buried after being killed during trophy hunts.
Because of the huge money to be made in the illegal trade poachers are now targeting female lions and cubs. Females and cubs are not part of the lucrative male trophy hunting.
The allegations are supported by a report compiled by WWF, IUCN and the international wildlife monitoring network, Traffic.
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