Health officials have announced a campaign to vaccinate all cats and dogs against rabies in an attempt to combat the deadly disease following an outbreak.
The nation-wide exercise will be rolled out on Friday, and all pet owners are being urged to ensure that their animals get the vaccination, at a cost of $1 per animal.
This comes amid growing concerns that wild animals are escaping from the Save Valley Conservancy in search of food and attacking people and domestic animals.
Last month five Buhera villagers were hospitalised after a hyena attacked them in separate incidents, with a 10-year-old girl losing an eye during one of the attacks.
Prior to the hyena attack the villagers were already living in fear after three lions escaped from the same conservancy and went on a rampage attacking livestock, before they were eventually killed.
Although health ministry officials could not say how many people have been infected so far, they however indicated that a high number of cases had been reported in the provinces of Masvingo and Mashonaland Central.
Dr Portia Munangazira, the ministry's director of communicable diseases, singled out infected dogs for the rabies outbreak in Mash Central while in Masvingo and Manicaland wild animals were said responsible.
However SW Radio Africa correspondent Simon Muchemwa traced the problem back to ZANU PF's shortsighted land grab policy, which started in 1999.
"The problem goes back to the land invasions when conservancies such as Save Valley were parcelled out to ZANU PF officials who had very little interest in conservation.
"The result has been rampant poaching and a habitat loss for animals such as wild dogs which are now escaping and going into neighbouring villages in search of food," Muchemwa said.
Muchemwa raised concern that scared villagers were responding by killing these wild animals. He said it was "only a matter of time before these hyenas and lions are decimated as hunger will keep driving them out of the conservancies."
He added: "Also, much of the barbed wire perimeter fence that used to prevent the animals from escaping while protecting the surrounding communities was taken by the war vets either for sale or used to trap animals within the conservancy. So it is easy for the animals to escape."
Symptoms of a rabies infection in humans may include seizures, partial paralysis, fever and brain inflammation. There is no known treatment to cure rabies, once the infection has taken hold.
People are usually infected following a deep bite or scratch by an infected animal, usually dogs, or from consuming meat from animals that would have died from a rabies infection.
With much of the country's rural population facing starvation, Muchemwa said there is a real risk that many people may consume meat from livestock that would have succumbed to rabies, and become infected in this way.