It is illegal, dangerous and harmful to try to pet or feed any animal in the SFJAZZ Center. Animals, especially the ones that would approach you for food, carry diseases and will not hesitate to bite the hands that feed them. Also, each animal plays an important role in the SFJAZZ Center ecosystem. For example, ground squirrels eat pine seeds, but they also store them for winter use. Those seeds not eaten will grow and become new trees. If animals are fed human food, they won't "harvest" natural seeds and the tree population will decline.