The Swamp Ape (Oreopithecus bambolii) is a prehistoric primate species from the Miocene epoch whose fossils have been found in Italy (Tuscany and Sardinia) and in East Africa. It is estimated to have weighed 30-35 kg. It possessed a relatively short snout, elevated nasal bones, small and globular neurocranium, vertical orbital plane, and gracile facial bones. The shearing crests on its molars suggest a diet specializing in plant leaves.
Harvey Cutter traveled back ten million years to capture live specimens of orepithecus for the San Diego Cenozoic Zoo. Through trial and error, Cutter discovered the best bait were creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies.