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Reported to Senate amended (11/07/1997)

Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997 - Requires the Secretary of the Interior to use amounts in the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund (established under this Act) to provide financial assistance for projects for the conservation of Asian elephants for which final project proposals are approved by the Secretary.

Sets forth provisions concerning: (1) requirements for project proposals; (2) project review and approval; (3) reporting requirements for recipients of assistance provided by this Act; and (4) priority for projects for which there exists some measure of matching funds.

Prohibits grants provided under this Act from being used for captive breeding of Asian elephants other than for release in the wild.

Establishes the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund.

Authorizes appropriations.