Published: Nov 10, 2010 4:27 PM EST
Updated: Nov 10, 2010 1:27 PM EST

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - A new book by Comedy Central host Jon Stewart is making a celebrity out of a trained chimpanzee named Ricky who lives in southwest Florida.

Ricky is featured in a photo with Stewart on the cover of his book, called "Earth: A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race." The chimp is shown sitting next to Stewart mimicking the popular "Daily Show" host.

Stewart's book was released Sept. 21 by Grand Central Publishing and is on the New York Times best-sellers list.

Ricky is a regular participant in educational programs at the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Sarasota where he lives. He's planning to "sign" copies of the book during the season grand opening of the sanctuary on Nov. 24.